Selective Truth/Fake News (Draft)
Truth is often what we make of it. Even the very definition of the word itself reveals its subjective nature. Truth is fact or belief that is accepted as true, and not everyone believes in the same think. Different beliefs and alternative interpretations of something considered a fact tend to create frictions among people, especially in sensitive topics such as politics. We often hear the saying, “that person speaks so much truth” but that truth is only one perspective out of many.
Paul Pardi talks about the elusiveness of truth in his article, What is Truth?, and claims “our perspective will even influence our ability to come up with a definition” for it. He asks the question: “if we decide that no one can get to what is true, what good is the definition?”Discovering the proper definition of what truth is requires us to be independent from the individual and subjectivity. It is important to make a distinction between truth and access to the truth. A fact is based on a scientific model for its discernment and collated to resemble a truth in objective matter. How this result is perceived depends on the perception of the individual. Though, it is quite difficult for many to accept the existence of truth independent of their own world view. Then, the question that everyone begins to ask is: “fact according to whom?”
If truth is “centered only in what an individual experiences”, then only a general consensus can help define the concept of truth for that individual. It is a common human nature to find others who agree or accept the reality just as we personally do. That strengthens our own belief on what is a fact and what is not. This could be very efficient but it could also be extremely dangerous. Many people who study psychology often claim that our minds are molded out of those who are around us as we experience the reality. However, we no longer depend on those people since we now have the access to social media where we can find others who actually share the same beliefs as we do.
Think about someone who attempts to make a joke. If people laugh, then that person becomes certain that his or her sense of humor is great. If they don’t laugh, then perhaps that person needs to work on it and develop a better sense. This natural method of growth or development is robbed from many individuals, especially young ones, due to existence of social media. They can now simply find people who will choose to laugh at their “great” sense of humor and they do not ever need to work on it. In our modern day of social media centered existence, the concept of truth has become a choose-your-own-adventure-book type of discovery. If you agree with this particular notion, go to [insert twitter handle]. If you disagree with it, go to [insert a different twitter handle]. If you neither agree nor disagree, go to twitter and start a new handle (why not?).
There is also the bias that comes with the common truth. A study of behavior based on common interests display the innate… (To Be Continued)
Source of the article mentioned: https://www.philosophynews.com/post/2015/01/29/What-is-Truth.aspx
I still need to find the independent video of portraying the study mentioned in the last paragraph but here’s a coverage of similar psychological test by CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EoNYklyShs
Some early ideas of contribution for other themes/topics:
Language of Politics
A sample of class discussion (or perhaps even a video) that portrays the subtle use of language. I could write a personal interpretation on what is being displayed.
Voice and Identity
I can write about an exercise that I was thinking about conducting in writing class. I was not so sure if it would work or not, but perhaps I can talk about it as a suggestion or simply as a topic of discussion.
Sparking Interest or Enthusiasm in Class
I can talk about my own personal experiences that relate to the main write-up. As a way of backing up the claims made in it by providing personal examples.
Also, here’s an early proof of concept (not final) of what the main page could potentiality look like: