It is amazing the history of free press suppression amongst those who want to take or remain in control. And more than one philosopher has noted that; He Who owns The Media, Owns The Minds Of the People. Today we see Silicon Valley, namely Google and Facebook wanting to eliminate what they call “Fake News” from their websites, namely Google News and Facebook’s News Feed. Of course, this presents a rather slippery slope – one of mass censorship. Indeed, both companies have been caught suppressing right-wing news and enhancing positive news towards left-leaning politicians.
In Washington DC, there is work to prevent Fake News in the media or online to keep foreign governments from trying to subvert our elections or poison the minds of our people from propaganda. Still, it is obvious by the mainstream media’s reporting on this effort in Washington DC that the target is right-wing alternative online news piso wifi 10.0.0.1 pause time. The mainstream media is worried that it is losing millions of viewers, thus huge amounts of advertising revenues due to online news sites – competition they’d prefer not to have. Are all these forces; the mainstream media, Democrat Party, and major Internet social networks and search engines converging to control the our information and control the minds of the masses?
Well, if history is any judge, then the answer is yes. All dictatorships, communist countries, and even the NAZI regime worked very hard to control the news. How late is the closest grocery stores open Even the terrorists, spies and nation-states that sponsor terrorism use the news for propaganda.
There was an interesting article in Foreign Affairs published on January 7, 2014 titled; “Al Jazeera’s ‘False News’ Problem, ” by Judy Bachrach. The way I see this is that every news agency has an agenda, and one hell of a lot of power owning the minds of the people. When discussing this at our think tank, one thinker noted;
“The author of that article placed Israel right near the central fulcrum of their judgement, then gives a contradictor closing, then sums it up this way: 1. Can’t blame them for abusing journalist who lie,
- Guess, I should side with the liars because 2nd Amendment says – it is their right to lie. “
The think tanker type notes that this is dangerous emotional banter, rather than facts and states he’d rather read something about the American Networks because he often has to go to BBC, and other media outlets to get the real news.
Wow, now those are some interesting comments indeed. Still, when i look at news media like RT (Russian TV) it often has a negative slant towards the US, sometimes they are right and make us look in the mirror, sometimes it’s just persnickety negative diatribes. More like a clock, right a couple of times per day. Al Jazeera America, I believe is often better than RT, but not when it comes to Middle East sectarian issues, they are all one-way also. RT is generally leftist slant, makes sense. Modern day news, well it takes a sharp eye and commitment to read between the type, bullet points and sound bites. You might have heard about those metered strikes that never happen. Or the fact that some islands in the world can only exist for a decade or so before being submerged by global warming, but they still exist half a century later. While global warming may be a threat, are we getting fake survival warnings to prepare ourselves when there is still time?
All major issues concerning individual nations like the 2016 Presidential election in US and the Brexit vote in the united kingdom or those issues that are of concern to the whole world like the issue of global warming and climate change are threatened by fake news which can lead to catastrophic results. While the subject of fake news has gained a wider audience following the 2016 US election, fake news has still had a worrisome impact on us.
Fake news is not a recent phenomenon and has existed for a long time but its impact has become more widespread with the spread of the internet and social media. The fake news phenomenon has been aided by the rapid expansion of the digital medium and its capacity to deliver any message across the globe at lightening fast speed. It leads to a situation where such fake news can’t be checked, verified or challenged before it is made available worldwide.
Scientists grapple with fake news. Scientists studying climate change are grappling with this phenomenon of fake news which is able to sow the seeds of confusion in the minds of both the general public whose support is necessary to implement changes to save the environment as well as the decision makers who have the responsibility of making decisions which even if painful are necessary to stop further environmental damage.
In such a scenario it is necessary that scientists step up their efforts for wider dissemination of correct and factual data so that people become more science literate and can appreciate facts as they are and are not swayed by misinformation campaigns and deliberately leaked fake news. World bodies like the United nations believes that the 2030 sustainable development goals can be met only if scientific literature and discoveries get a wider audience.