Perception becomes reality when only one view is allowed to show. It’s not just censorship that gets in the was of reason; it’s also sensationalism.
Perception as reality
There’s often a lot of discussion about censorship. The concept is that if you censor something, then you are building a skewed version of reality. There is an underlying expectation that giving people all the truth will allow them to form their own ideas.
I’m not sure if having all the information will change the way people make decisions about what is reality. People listen to what they want to hear. I know that having more information doesn’t mean it’s easier to figure out the truth. We need to have a trusted source that will filter the tidal wave of information into something we can handle.
Picking the truth is still censorship
The challenge with finding a source to filter the information isn’t about choice, it’s about trust. There no longer seems to be a balanced view of any topic. Information is either right or completely untrue in the mind of the networks.
The slant seems to be about ‘my side is the only right side’, or their side is evil. Censorship is often thought of as hiding information.
What can we believe?
Before we know what we can believe, we need to understand what is in front of us. If you watch the American new channels, do you take a side? Is your perception of American Republicans that they are rabid gun toting, women hating, old white guys? Or do is it that they are they only rational option against the communist horde of out of control spending Democrats?
Perception creeps up on you and sometimes you have to stop and question what you believe.
Perception as your national identity
Does it matter to you whether the world thinks you fit into the stereotype of your country?
As Canadians, our identity is polite. That’s not bad, right? Well, perception doesn’t match reality. Canadians as individuals are just like everyone else. Some are kind and polite and helpful, some are grouchy and self absorbed and rude.
What happens when the perception of your national identity is less benign? Americans wear Canadian flags on their travel bags because they don’t want to be identified with the ‘ugly American’. People from the Middle East, face constant profiling and barriers because of the perception about terrorism.
What can you do?
I think the first step is to demand re-balancing of the media. In the past, media was slanted toward one end of the spectrum, but it was about facts. That let the viewer/reader make their own decisions. Now, the slant is gone and it’s become a one sided opinion based system.
Demand that your media stop ranting and start reporting. Question your perceptions.