Most every person in this country seems to be having trust issues these days. Whether it’s because our media is pushing their own agenda and/or ideals on us, or that people cannot understand what is credible information and what is not. If you think you are receiving 100% accurate information or news from the mainstream or popular media, then you are ignorant because there is a lot more, and more valid, news and information out there.
You also need to understand that you are ignorant if you don’t believe the internet might have information the mainstream media doesn’t want you to have. So, enough with being ignorant people. Today’s popular media outlets are making us dumber as a society. All it takes is what I like to call “Simple Social Math.” If people are telling me things I want to hear to keep me calm or appease me, it is my right and responsibility as a free American to question everything! Let me repeat… EVERYTHING! As the great quote from the movie Anchorman stated, “Television gives you the news and information you want to hear. Not the information you need to hear.”
For democracy to be successful, the people need to be told the truth or at least closer to the truth then what they are being told today. If the voters are voting based off false or slanted information, inevitably that makes them voters with zero credibility. (Can you see the Social Math?). The saddest thing is that it isn’t even the voter’s fault. The voter just listened to what their country or their representatives told them was credible information. Which in my opinion, seems like a pretty rational decision for them to make. But it is not.
Now, I am not saying everyone should believe everything they read on the internet. That would be an incredibly ridiculous thing to do. Because, believe me, there is some crazy shit out there. But what I am saying is that everyone needs to become more mindful and take the time to research and understand both sides of a given topic and really wade through all the opinions and editorializing to get to the “truth.” Check out new news sources such as the BBC or The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, C-Span (actually see and hear your politicians in action on the house and senate floors), and even SNOPES.
There are many Freedom of information resources out there for everyone to view, but people can’t seem to break out of their popular media bubbles. So, I challenge you to try cracking your ignorant brain and go and free yourself from these information crutches you have imprisoned your mind in. Free yourself so you can at least trust yourself in the future as a credible source and credible voter.