Mass media are fooling you.
Yes, it’s true. It is, it’s constantly, horribly fooling you.
And you’re probably not even aware of it.
Mass media tells you only what they think you want to know. Why? Murder, for instance, is not as common a crime as you’d think. Petty theft is so much more common, but it isn’t interesting, people don’t care about it. Murder appeals to people’s emotions, it creates fear, hate, anger. Unconsciously though, it appeals to them. Murder, or stories of plane crashes, pedophilia and all other “horrible” crimes, sell.
Mass media makes you stupid, because it tells you only of what happened, not why. Also, they share tidbits of irrelevant news: fire in this or that rural area, important person so and so got fired… But of what importance is this to you? Jack shit.
I could go on forever.
What people don’t realize is that the mass media, particularly televised news which allows for very few different opinions, is a prime example of entertainment. Nothing more, nothing less.
If you want to survive the 21st century, you’d do well to realize this. Don’t believe everything you’re told by seemingly “credible” sources (even scientists!). Dare to criticize - dare to delve deeper into the world. It’s hard and it takes some effort, but you’ll be better off. More knowledgeable, more insightful, and much less fearful.
A great example to illustrate what I’m saying here is the following.
In 2011, a news report (Dutch) stated that “chocolate is healthier than most kinds of fruit”. It should be considered a super food. It protects against cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The research? It compared cacao beans and fruit juices. Cacao beans? No one eats raw cacao beans. And nowhere was specified what kind of fruit juices they means. Fresh juice? Or the extremely sweetened juices? They also mentioned that as soon as actual chocolate is heated, nearly all good properties disappear. Interestingly, chocolate is always melted before it’s poured into casts.
Then, I noticed that this research was done by the Hershey’s health department. How exactly is this an independent source? Is it not entirely in their benefit to publish articles that “proof” that chocolate is such a healthy food? I bet lots of people justify their overeating of chocolate by saying it’s “super healthy”, well, it’s still not.
Ditch the bitch. I did it. I think I’m better off. I still learn about the actual important news events through friends and family who do still read or watch the news. They distill the really important for me, quite organically. At first, it’s like you’re cold turkey-ing over an addiction, constantly feeling the urge to go visit news sites, watch the news in the evening… But trust me, eventually, you won’t even miss it anymore. And then you have more time for the more meaningful: reading good books (whatever you enjoy, but worldly literature is always more valuable!), doing your job (so many people refresh the news pages every few minutes during their work, it’s astounding), doing all the fun stuff you actually enjoy.
So don’t let yourself be fooled by the mass media. Be critical, and if you’re a true daredevil, stop your news intake altogether. I dare you.
Are you a news addict? Have you ever considered how the mass media has colored your world?
I’m very interested in your thoughts and ideas, please feel free to share them in the comments section!