When it comes to watching, reading or listening to the news, most people like to believe that they are getting the truth. However, you may have a better chance at getting a true picture of what’s going on in the world if you consider the source of your news. Today, a huge majority of Americans get their news from six sources. In 1983, they had 50 sources. You may ask how this is connected with finding the truth. You won’t know the answer to this unless you do a little research.
First you need to define truth. This is usually understood to be correct reporting of facts and statistics. However, as with anything in life, there is usually more than one perspective relating to news stories, and there may be differences of opinions on what exactly the facts are. If the news source reports all aspects of a story, you may have a pretty good chance of getting nearer the truth.
For example, the Occupy Wall Street movement has two sides. If you read about it from the perspective of banks and stock brokers, you’ll have no idea if the other side has any good points. If you read about it from the perspective of a protestor, you won’t know how the other side is defending itself. To get as close to the truth as possible, you need to know what Wall Street is actually doing and why the protestors don’t like it.
History has shown time and again that what was once thought to be the truth, turns out not to be the complete truth. In some cases, it is even the opposite of the truth. When governments change, new information comes out that may have a great impact on what was presented as truth before.
The Internet has given people a huge advantage at finding the truth about almost anything. You can research any topic and find several different perspectives. According to the presentation and your understanding, you will probably reach the truth. With your smartphone, you no longer need to wait for the morning paper. You can read it on your way to work, provided you’re not driving. With the mobile phone features on any smartphone such as the Galaxy s5 Sport, you can even do your research.
Some news sources may have an agenda, and present the news so that people will agree with their point of view. Why believe conspiracy theories that are handed to you by others? If you take the time to assess other news sources or websites, you have a better chance of finding the truth. With your smartphone, it’s easy to do.
While you’re waiting in the dentist’s or doctor’s office, in line for your morning latte or any other time, you can access the big six websites as well as the few, smaller news sources that are not owned by corporations and see how each deals with the same story. There is no guarantee that you will find the truth, but this will definitely increase the possibility.