This is a reposting of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column, What You Think You Know.
By A.P. Dillon
You read an article. It raises a question or talks about a particular topic.
You Google. You browse the results, checking out a couple with promising titles. You check Wikipedia. You read quotes from ‘experts’. You do your homework. You think you’ve got the facts and know the truth.
You thought wrong.
What you likely found was misinformation.
Sharyl Attkisson recently gave a talk that outlines this very scenario using the example of a cholesterol drug.
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) February 11, 2015
Attkisson explains in the video:
“What if the reality you found was false? A carefully constructed narrative by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion. A Truman Show-esque alternate reality all around you.
Complacency in the news media combined with incredibly powerful propaganda and publicity forces mean we sometimes get little of the truth.”
An applicable recent story combining ‘propaganda and publicity’ would be that of the imposition of environmental regulations based on climate change ‘experts’ and the associated scam.
Sometimes misinformation is really about lack of information or rather, what the media won’t cover. Remember the Gosnell trial? Media? What media?
Shift gears to education for a moment.
Consider the messaging from Common Core supporters. Buzzwords and slick catch phrases sing the praises of these Standards. Dig deeper, beyond the sales job by ‘experts‘, non-profit and special interest websites, and you find out what a train wreck it really is.
Think of the Common Core, and the related public relations designed to support it, like a brand new house.
It looks great on the outside; impressive even. Most people continue on, admiring it from the outside. A few, however, walk up to the front door to peer inside. That is when things change. The inside is empty, messy and not at all what the outside represented.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com. Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.