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Thinking for Yourself – Going against the media in today’s society

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured

Published on August 16, 2017 with No Comments

In today’s world, people have gradually lost the ability to think for themselves or use reason to make decisions.  In my parent’s generation, people were expected to evaluate facts in thinking through the decisions they made.

The blame for this change, I believe, is the media—especially television news.  In the media of years ago (newspapers, magazines and radio), the reporters were taught to never express their personal opinions.  They were to simply provide the “four “W’s” and “H” (that is, Who, What, Where, Why and How).  The reader was expected to evaluate the information and decide for him or herself what it all means.

Unfortunately, with the predominant influence of television, news reporters have decided that the audience doesn’t want to waste time reasoning through the news information.  Some have even said that today’s audiences are not smart enough to deal with the facts in a news report.  Thus, the media usually interpret the news and facts for the public.  The price one pays for not having to reason or weigh the facts is the gradual loss of the ability to think and reason successfully.

This leads to people believing everything they read or see without considering whether or not it makes sense.  The saying “if you read it in the papers, it must be true,” is what many people believe.

In recent years, the most stupid notions have been presented to the general public—and believed. Just one example among many such opinionated reports is as follows:  When programs were presented to reward people for living more healthy lifestyles, the media said this was bad because it penalized those who wanted to live an unhealthy lifestyle.  They even encouraged people to actively demonstrate against healthy lifestyles—and some did.

 

 

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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