Misinterpretation or Misinformation?
There is a lot to say when it comes to the news lately. From the bias of television news to the click bait articles of the internet so much can be false information or misleading. So how do we discern the truth through it all? Recently while reading the book “How To Lie With Maps”, by Mark Monmonier, I came to the realization that maps play a similar game with information. You see a map is comprised of gathered information just the way that news is. It can be true or false but regardless of whether true or false the information can be interpreted differently by everyone. The same thing viewed by a different person could be displayed completely differently on a map of their creation. The same goes for the news and media. They can have all the correct and true information but choose to report it in a way that might lean towards a political or agenda bias. The question now becomes more intricate; How do we know this is the truth and is it the whole truth? Did the publisher of this article(or map) have a reason to not give us all the information?
It is important to look deeper and verify what you are reading in the news today, especially on the internet. I’m not here to tell you what is right or wrong but I would like to give you a different perspective. Think about all aspects of an article and come to your own conclusions.