What Do You Mean By “The Media”?

Someone told me today that “the media” is blowing things out of proportion. As I listened and asked a follow-up question, all I could think of was the contradiction taking place in this conversation and in so many these days. The fact of the matter was that this individual did not really have a problem “the media,” what they had a problem with was any media source that disagreed with their point of view.

By Sollok29 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

We need to be clear that media is everywhere and where you choose to get your information matters. Are we taking in factual information or someone’s hypothesis of a situation? Are we reading facts or opinions? Are we watching a news show or a talk show?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about the importance of taking in all sides of a story or event. We cannot move forward constructively if we are not willing to look at other points of view and make informed decisions for ourselves. If we just cling to one source that maintains the narrative that we want to hear, then we will never really be well-informed.

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