No matter the insanity or the complexities of the force that tends to divide our country, we’d always come together and try to preserve what little unity we had left. Today, our emotions change the instant we see a headline that does fit with what we believe in.
Recently, that technology has transformed the media into a malevolent storm of likes, downvotes, and retweets. Since the media is extremely personalized to fit any individual, that storm now measures the quality of the media we consume on a daily basis.
And some of what’s given to us could be altered in a way that fits our personal views. That’s how partisanship works.
With this situation, we need to think more simplistic. Do you read only the headlines or the content with it? Is the headline in ALL CAPS? Are they telling both sides of the story? How do you feel when you’re reading a news article? Do they have the sources to back it up? Will you share the news article? What do you expect to happen once it’s shared? Do you show dislike towards the opposing party, or better yet, has this reaffirmed your support for your own party?
It’s hard to accept things that doesn’t fit with how we see the world, but there is one thing that holds no bias: facts. Posting it on the internet is one thing, but weaving it into an entertaining narrative is huge.
The best way we can address false media is to think about the issues from both sides. Part of being human is your will to think. Don’t let the media do it for you.