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  • In light of recent events concerning newscasters being lost in the fog ofmemory

  • it may be pertinent to ask: can we trust the news media?

  • For proclaimedpriest of postmodernismJean Baudrillard,

  • it isn't lack of access to information that renders the news meaningless,

  • it's the proliferation of images that makes it so untrustworthy.

  • Depending on where you get your news, you'll seeevidencethat climate change is a myth, or a serious problem.

  • Enough searching reveals that Paul McCartney is really dead,

  • Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing and 9-11 was an inside job.

  • If you look hard enough you can find the contrapositive, underside, or opposite of any event.

  • These multiple interpretations don't make the world more accessible

  • the explosion of information, of events, makes the ability to understand the world nearly impossible.

  • The camera lens makes every image suspect. War is reduced to theatre, disease into telethon, hunger into magazine covers.

  • It makes the most atrocious events questionable

  • every image is possibly staged, recreated, simulated for a political end or to push a product.

  • There are hundreds of news channels all competing for viewers, followers, and hashtaggers.

  • Media and advertising operate on the same wavelength,

  • and as a result, the line between reality, marketing, and news is nearly impossible to discern.

  • Media outlets and advertisers compete to keep people glued to their couches,

  • perpetually titillated by the explosion of content on the screen.

  • It's the selling of a lifestyle, a promise of access to the truth, as something to produce meaning

  • it's why reporters appear at the scene of crimes, embed themselves with military units during war,

  • and stand on the banks of oceans during hurricanesthe signs of disasters are images to be consumed.

  • While our lives may be utterly boring and meaningless

  • the nightly news reports that there are in fact places where things take place.

  • It sells the promise that meaningful things do happen.

  • They broadcast stories of actual events, but far from giving viewers access to the world,

  • the media creates a copy of an eventthey create non-events

  • Xerox copies of reality that are easily ingested by a society that has been trained to accept advertising, suggestion, and disinformation.

  • For Baudrillard, we're complicit in this disinformation campaign.

  • People willingly choose deceptionthe masses want to be tricked, fooled, and distracted from the reality of their lives.

  • Simply put: we prefer the copy of reality.

  • In the world of social media, we are no longer passive spectators.

  • We interact, create, and dictate newswe are the screen, the editor, reporter, and subscriber all at once.

  • So dearest viewer, if Sylvester Stallone is in the Boxing hall of fame as Rocky Balboa,

  • and if people still believe the lie that wrestling is real how are we ever supposed to find out if Paul McCartney is alive?

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In light of recent events concerning newscasters being lost in the fog ofmemory

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