Discerning Social Media

The question is, are you misrepresenting the truth if you only tell part of it, in order to further your narrative? In today’s world, there is a lot of, “fake news,” but perhaps a large portion of it isn’t fake, but just a snippet of the truth used to manipulate the way people think. It is our duty to investigate both sides of the story and use personal discernment to decide what the truth is, based off of our own research, morals, and journalistic ethics.

The above Tweet is an example of two sides of the same story. Sasha Baron Cohen interviewed many people for his upcoming show about America. Although some people acted like idiots, not everyone that he was trying to portray as Americans acted in the way he wanted. This meant they were left out of his show, because they did not follow his narrative. If you watch his show for the pure comedy, that shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you are deciding what you believe politically about firearms (or Americans), perhaps you should look into interviews conducted with those that did not make the show’s cut.

Here is a journalist using their own experience, which has two different perspectives, to weigh their outcome on how they will react. This can be a lessons learned for journalists, in that they may have a different perspective on their creations based merely on what side of the bed they woke up on.

A news organization that gathers various (Left/Right/Center) perspectives on different topics. These articles are about plastic straw bans. If you want a true balance in your view, one should look at it in all points of view, not just left or right.

A classic movie, showing how most people view the movie The Karate Kid (1984).

Here is an opposite perspective, as this YouTube shows, which makes you think about who is the real bully.

Guruprasad.net shows an example of how a second perspective can be misleading or faked. They go into several examples of photos distributed on social media, that have been faked or altered in order to fit a certain narrative.

Some discerning individuals caught these intentional misdirection.

In conclusion, there is usually more to the story than what is being portrayed. To gather truth we should always look at the story being told with the thought that everyone’s perspective is different, and we need to discern the facts we have gathered to weigh the story’s power. Without doubt, everyone has a leaning approach on any subject; it is up to you to decide the implication a story’s power has in your own life.