In the 21st Post-Truth Century
Resentment; angst and distrust rule the Day
Fortunately, I grew up in an age where Newspapers were reliable sources of truth and information. Sadly, I’m aging in the era of 21st Century ‘media’ that is cloudy; fogged with bias and confusion sprinkled in among the dissemination of the news of the day.
#FortheRecord: I was born in 1960. I was 3 when JFK was assassinated; 8 when RFK and MLK were shot to death, and 9 when America landed on the Moon.
My, how times have changed. Walter Cronkite never lied to me, intentionally, that I know of and the unshaken faith in ‘Media’ was a part of my childhood. It even became my profession. And, it has tumbled out of control as much as the shuttle Discovery did the year I graduated from college.
I, like many People, have had prolonged questions about the outcome of the 2016 election. It’s not that I question the results; it’s not that I won’t support the 45th PEOTUS, Donald J. Trump. What I viewed, during President Obama’s two terms, was more of a revelation of the two America’s these days. What I note now, with this result, is the clearly defined separation of Americans.
It used to be at times Like these we turned to the ‘Media’ for explanations; reasons; causation’s and facts. Now, we turn to our particular form of news feed to reinforce our own ideologies. Never looking for commonality; only rationale for why we feel how we do.
The History of Journalsim, as defined by Wikipedia, is a pretty good place to begin, I surmised. Always feeling that word of mouth was the best – and original – form of advertising and continues today to be best way to achieve success on many levels, so it was – and is – with Journalism even in the 21st Century.
However, in today’s age of multi-media formats; TV; newspapers, radio stations and websites it all gets so fuzzy but #truth remains static.
That is if, we see, facts as facts, eliminating emotion from the equation. I don’t know how that’s done.
What I do know, is if we are to come to a better understanding of the way forward, then comprehension of the basic elements of fact from fiction have to be at the forefront.
Take a moment and read this article from the Washington Post, if you will, please, and answer the question posed in the last sentence of the article.
Can you offer an answer?
And, for the moment, I’ll keep that to myself.
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