In fact—many of my high school years were spent in this comfortable place of phone tapping for finding out what was going on around the world. I don’t remember even turning on live TV besides a select handful of times.
We grow accustomed to the “middle man” newscasters. Also known as, our twitters, our Facebook’s, our instagrams, etc. And the most dangerous part of this is that while we are being informed—whose to say is not even the second sifting of the mass of information and bias that has run it’s dirty fingers through the raw truth.
By the time the news reaches us—it has become contaminated information. People are predisposed by nature to their own formulated biases. And who is behind the news? People.
There are layers and layers of people that the story goes through before it even makes it onto social media. Not even including the person that posted about it on their Twitter page and what precise source they accumulated their bias from.
How to avoid this?
There’s no telling if it’s even possible. What I ended up teaching myself was to keep my eyes and ears completely open to absorbing as many solid pieces of information as I could before checking out another source.
It’s also so important to pay attention to what the bias of that individual publication or news broadcast is. When you know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand—it’s that much easier to keep your options open to how to formulate your own ideas of what’s true and what’s bogus.
The more passionate a person seems to be about a topic—the more of their bias is revealed. And because this can be offensive to readers and listeners, it has become an art to hide their own opinions best as possible. They can be master manipulators of their own art of how to tell the truth without telling the truth. So It’s especially easy to be naive to the news you’ve been getting, especially when it’s been coming from one source.
So let time and research take the lead in finding out what really happened—let yourself meditate on different sources of information before clinging to a hidden bias and letting it manipulate your ideas. Decide for your own self.
It’s easy to get caught up in the twitter drama—as a generation where social media is constantly evolving and growing as it’s own industry, it has unknowingly placed a lot of our bias predispositions into relying on what’s popping up on our social media pages.