The World of Misinformation We Live In
Media misinformation stories are created 24/7. Sure, they use statistics to push their points. Most people are for some kind of gun control. Women are disadvantaged and so on. But when you look around you, does your life match up? Are the points they are making relevant to you, your family and your community? Do you look around and think it must be your neighbor because it’s not your experience or you don’t think that way? Perhaps you just put yourself in the “there is something wrong with me” box. Maybe you doubt your own choices and think you are in the minority and perhaps others know better than you. If you think any of these things, I say you are buying the misinformation. You are not wrong. There is nothing wrong with you. There is something wrong with the information being presented. It is simply not reality.
I want to start with Hollywood, TV – basically the entertainment industry. They’ve all been created to portray stories of how we live and die. Our hopes, our fears, our aspirations, our failures, our loves, and our hates. Let me emphasize that these are stories. If they were real representations of how you and I live, they might be really, really boring. After all, we are not superheroes. We are not legendary or famous or suave beyond all measure as the onscreen characters are portrayed.
We all know the truth of their falsehoods and that reality is somewhere in our hearts and minds. Only that’s not true either. Your life is not boring. Your life is not insignificant. It is only boring and insignificant if you compare it to the fiction presented on the big screen, on TV or YouTube, Hulu, Amazon Video and so on. That is the point I will eventually get to in this podcast. Your life is exciting and fun and fulfilling exactly the way it is without all the glitter. Hollywood stories are misinformation.
Stories are created in the minds of those writing them. They have some basis in reality but need embellishment to maintain the attention of the audience. They do entertain. But remember, if you were able to write your own story, don’t you think it would also be interesting and entertaining with a few embellishments to elicit a bigger laugh or deeper sorrow added for effect? How many of you think of writing a book about the story of your life some day?
Your Life Story
Your life story is just as entertaining as anything that is portrayed on reality TV. The catch is that somehow, somewhere, over sometime, the entertainment industry has evolved in a way that makes their fiction your desired reality. Often we think our lives are boring or insignificant when compared to the lives of those fictions coming out of Hollywood. They often portray their stories as if everyone on the planet would want exactly that same life if it were available to them. Or they think to themselves, “that’s the way life ought to be”. And behold, a narrative is born and pushed by the Hollywood elite. They think they know what is best for you. Though, in reality, they have never stepped foot into your reality. Or, if they did originate there, their memory is now dim.
The stories are created and you might think that things ought to be the way they were portrayed because it gave you a great feeling that one time in a movie theater. Therefore, everyone on the planet should live like that. The typical storyline might be that this is one person was made to feel inferior and then someone lifted them up and they felt better. Or they did some great deed and everyone could now see that the person – not the deed – that person was important. And whoever that person portrayed themselves to be is now and forever and ever the way people should be all over the planet. Everyone change right now and be this way. I command it. You must comply. It made this person feel really good. And everyone should do this so everyone will feel good. And on and on and on.
I think you get the point. It is impossible eutopia. Everyone on the planet is not going to immediately fall in line simply because someone in the entertainment industry dreamed up a fantasy.
Let me move on to another area of entertainment. The news media.
The supposed news media is now the largest part of the entertainment history. Because of the 24/7 news cycle they are always looking for some story or another to portray. They must fill that time and they must entertain the audience for ratings and so on. The news can be related in just an hour or two, so what do you do with the other 22 hours. Well, you create stories. You find interesting things to talk about. This is not news. This is entertainment.
Mistaking themselves for the Norm
I find the result of this misinformation phenomena to be quite curious. We have a group of self-identified “news” people, who are relatively small compared to the totality of the population, portraying their fantasies about what is “news” and important as if it were real; as if we all thought the same way – or should.
They perform on TV and tells how we think (whether we actually think that or not it is assumed) and then go on with their lives doing ordinary things like the rest of us. Well may be not so ordinary to you and me. They live in houses behind walls and jet set from one social event to the next. In their world, who you know is more important than who you are. They wear clothes so expensive that it would feed your family for a year. Their lives are foreign, their stories are made up, and their opinions are based on fantasy.
Why do I bring this up? Well, I began to think about the illusion of life that the bulk of the population creates based on the entertainment industry. I began to think of the huge generalizations portrayed in the news and the general acceptance that everyone agrees, that everyone lives this way or desires to live this way. It’s simply not true.
The majority of women do not live this way. They do not think this way. They have no desire to be like these media and Hollywood women. Misinformation has poisoned the minds of women who would otherwise make different choices.
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