Today, because of misusing the public’s trust, much of our media has become hateful biased propaganda. And, compounding this, we (as humans) have been wired to subliminally receive these messages from this deceptive media without truly questioning the legitimacy of the messages. Instead of the media releasing factual non-opinionated news, their “news” has dug our society deeper into the “hateful” hole. Whether it is “Fake” news or just “half baked” news, the impact it is having on our society today is moving us backwards. This worries me greatly for our children, and those naïve adults living in our nation today.
People who already have an opinion or stance based on an isolated upbringing are further pushed to the extreme by the media. This is especially true for people who have not mingled outside of the beliefs and norms of the culture they grew up in. This group (not mingling with other cultures) is very dangerous in times like these. Those types of people tend to be ignorant and easily swayed in arguments driven by hate. The more people interact and befriend people from different backgrounds and cultures, the more they are “aware” and/or “awake” through their personal experiences. You learn the more you listen and you better understand how to eliminate the lines drawn between sides.
So, as we watch our public media, “How can we watch it more effectively?” First and foremost, we must begin to understand each other’s perspectives on life. Get out of your bubble people. Then, we must question everything we hear. We must try to determine what is fact and what is opinion. We must learn to respect each other. I mean remember what you learned in kindergarten. Treat everyone as you want to be treated. We must ask questions about everything we hear. This is a cognitive right as humans living on this planet. For example, if the information sways my emotions, what could possibly be the motive or even the reason behind it? To say media just “puts the facts out” is preposterous in today’s world. Our media is highly sophisticated and incredibly trained to deliver its messages for its entertainment and political agenda. We certainly cannot say that our media “doesn’t think” before releasing information. That would just be a dumb and naïve statement to make.
Bottom-line, I encourage everyone to better understand all cultures and the challenges each culture faces. But above all, question everything. It is a RIGHT!!! So, don’t give it up. That is our guaranteed freedom in this country. Hate the opinions or love the opinions, always listen to the opinions. When our media shows us in chaos, I, instead, see a country searching for chemistry and commonality. Information, itself, can be a weapon. When used to destroy, someone is always benefitting from the destruction. Never let someone else tell you who your enemies are. Just because someone thinks differently, does not make them your enemy.