(Quote from Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaimen --Good Omens)
Jewels , this came up in my Facebook newsfeed as an 'On This Day' memory from December 5th, 2015. It made me think of your echo chamber story. Just found it interesting that things have gotten exponentially worse since then.
*disclaimer: there are good and decent politicians and members of media, both mainstream and whatever not-mainstream media is called. i'm not talking about them.
So, here's the thing:
Some media* and many in politics have made an assumption about American voters, and it's not flattering.
They know we are overburdened with information today. They know that, and they use it to their advantage. They like to make bold statements. They like to shock the public into complying with the agenda they're pushing, and they use data to do it. And I really respect data, so that hurts my feelings. Also, it pisses me off.
See, when you see a number- ANY number- that refers to a current event or hot-button issue like terrorism, or abortion, or GMOs (just examples that came to mind first), consider the fact that while data is an extremely important, even necessary, part of the decision-making process, unfortunately it is often used incorrectly.Sometimes this happens as the result of an honest mistake, but often, a number will be taken completely out of context. When that happens, the number ceases to be DATA, and becomes JUST A RANDOM NUMBER.
It's meaningless. If you're interested in an issue, try to get your information from as near the original source as possible. Dig a little.
I keep seeing the same people having the same arguments on here, and I have to think that some of the division comes from one group reading certain publications and the other group reading others--and neither group is getting the real story. They're each getting a version that caters to their belief system.
Somewhere in the middle of that is the truth.
The media makes bold statements because they assume people won't look any further than that shiny, gorgeous bit of information they are showcasing to make their point.
Basically, they're behaving as if we possess a lower collective intellect than they do. We wouldn't UNDERSTAND the issues without them intervening and putting an emphasis on the key points. And they don't want us to have to worry about all those messy details.
So We have to find the details ourselves. They think we're too lazy. They think we're complacent.
Prove them wrong.