“It is unfortunate that it is possible to ‘know’ something that is not true.”
This extremely valuable and truthful quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana is an accurate depiction of the state of both televised and social media in the current day and age. As time rolls by, good, truthful and honest information is getting increasingly rare to stumble upon.
As political correctness becomes the paramount priority, many outlets think twice before reporting a controversial event, however important it might be, for fear of political repercussions.
It is becoming easier to spot reporters or outlets with a certain agenda, whether it may be to paint someone in a good light or discredit their actions publicly, without regard to the need for actual truth on the matter. It is basic human psychology, which states that people hear what they want to hear, even if the person is speaking something else entirely.
That is just how the human mind works. And this phenomenon is being taken advantage of by news outlets and social platforms by telling people what they want to hear in order to gain their support, even if what they are saying has no shred of truth whatsoever.
The need for the raw truth, undiluted and unfiltered, is now more than ever. With political unrest in various parts of the world, and the media being unjustly used for political and even personal purposes rather than the wellbeing of the community, the future does not look very bright.
False news spreads misinformation and can lead to severe consequences. For instance, a politician can use a media network under his pay to wrongly disgrace his or her opposition publicly, and the people will believe it because it is being broadcasted on their favorite news channel.
The concept of “Mob Mentality” is a very real threat to society, as misinformed people with the same idea about a certain issue gather in large numbers and commit acts of violence in order to prove their point. In the midst of all this, innocent people are hurt and chaos ensues.
Even in small situations, the importance of spreading the correct information is paramount. For example, in an office environment, one’s job may depend on the fact that whether he has been able to convey and pass on information correctly and efficiently. These are just some of the situations where simple and efficient communication of the truth can save people from a lot of distress.
There is a severe need for a stand against the indecent, a stand against all those who use the pure and righteous form of media and convert it into a hideous ugly monster which spreads terror and chaos, just so they can personally benefit.
We need to get our act together and stop this spread of misinformation and learn to tell the difference between real news and fake news. As we become more vigilant, the truth will become clearer. Education and information combined can stop most of the world’s problems in its tracks.