Monday, July 24, 2006

If everyone is right?

If everyone is right, then who is wrong? If you look at the various news agencies today, they bring you news coloured to the audience they serve or the interests they represent. Some more then others of course. Even if you look at individual conflicts or minor arguments, often you get to see multiple versions of "the truth". The question of what is truth and if these is such a thing as absolute truth I leave to those wiser then myself. And enough books have been written about it, enough studies done towards it, and the outcome? Inconclusive.

Especially the recent conflict between Israel and Lebanon (or I should say Hizbolla, with Lebanon caught in-between) has made this all to clear once again. Sometimes the propaganda of both sides is easily recognised, other times it draws you right in there. And at yet other times, you can not help but feel that the atrocities reported are shamefully not propaganda, but as close as one can get to the cold hard truth.

While I believe news reporting is one of the most important things there is, I also believe it to in a way inherently flawed. It needs to be there, people need to see and know about things. Else we would go right back into the dark-ages. But news can never fully tell the story, never fully be independent. Luckily there is a lot of information and different sides available. But sifting through all the information available is a dawning task to say the least.

Perhaps one of the most important things to realise is simple the fact that this is the way of things. Realise it before drawing conclusions to quickly, and to quickly be suckered into believing things told to you that fit your own idea's about the world best. But perhaps it is also a thought to cherish for small inter-personal communication.

"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance."
- Socrates

Fox News; your un-ending source of propaganda

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