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Why People Can’t Trust the Media

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Within the past 20 years, our societies around the globe, particularly in Global North and developed nations, have become incredibly uniform, killing off a diversity of thought and culture and, in some ways, variety in how we live our lives.

Just take a walk in your local public centres, places of gathering, particularly in cities, and you will witness how uninformed people have become.

Propaganda only works when you have an uninformed society, and if you last looked up a while ago, we can’t even agree on what colour the sky is anymore.

So yeah, propaganda is doing just fine here in the USA, the United Kingdom and the Anglosphere/English-speaking world.

The reasons for disruptive change are the rise of new technologies in the late 20th century and how our societies respond to them, with societies becoming less localised and more of a national, if not international, focus.

Why People Can’t Trust the Media
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How New Technologies Impacted the Media

The whirlwind of technological change began with the fax machine, eliminating the staff that once served as fact-checkers for stories before publication.

The first recognisable version of what we consider the telephone fax was invented in 1964 by the Xerox company, but the technology that led to that advancement was created much earlier.

It was Alexander Baine in 1843 who invented the electric printing telegraph.

By the end of the 1970s, faxes were considered standard business equipment, and companies continued to develop their products to do more.

The early ’80s brought the copy and scan function to fax machines, creating the first all-in-one devices.

Then the email was invented in 1971 and only exacerbated this issue, interfering with any auxiliary staff. During the 1980s and 1990s, the use of email became common in business, government, universities, and defence/military industries.

Starting with the advent of webmail (the web-era form of email) and email clients in the mid-1990s, the use of email began to extend to the rest of the public.

Most people give Ray Tomlinson the title of email inventor. He came up with the idea while working for ARPANET, the government-funded research project that eventually became the Internet.

At the time, you could only leave messages for people using the same computer.

It isn’t so much that biases went unchecked.

However, that happened in spades due to the fewer unities from less wealthy backgrounds entering journalism due to cutbacks in journalist staff.

The death of local journalism killed off opportunities for low-income people.

In turn, fewer eyes and brains were needed to ensure the story was correct.

The opportunity for the less scrupulous among us to make their version of the world known crept in.

(The technical term is lying).

There are many people like this, for instance, Donald Trump and most mainstream politicians though best they’re massively uninformed.

According to the former MP turned political podcaster, Rory Stewart, we have such poor leadership due to the lack of capabilities and experience of British MPs, which can be applied to other parliaments and congresses from around the globe.Cue the entrance of charismatic individuals who woo people with deliberate deception.

If you believe the sky is neon green or are tired of hearing it, check out one of the following news sources: Al Jazeera, France 24, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Straight Arrow News, or local stations.

I’m not saying these are perfect, but they’ll get you going on a better path.

And always remember that politicians are elected because they are popular, not due to any full-scale or experience, and they take a good photo and give charismatic speeches.