Some of you may have seen this short film by Adam Curtis on Newswipe recently. I found it incredibly depressing because it rings very true. People often talk about how we are in danger of sliding into a 1984 style society when the reality is we're already there. Mass media and technology has ironically made us more ignorant because where before we had no expert knowledge or frame of reference on complex issues, we now have the illusion of being 'well-informed'. These 'well-informed' people then go off and write blogs that other 'well-informed' people use to inform their own opinions, and now even newspapers will base entire stories on these 'well-informed' blogs, which go on to form the opinions of the people writing the blogs in the first place... a self-fulfilling cycle of bullshit. A quick glance through the D&ST section here will give you an idea as to the extent of the problem. As access to more and more information from around the world has increased we have apparently become more and more self-obsessed, we delude ourselves that our opinions matter and that we are all an authority on the latest hot topic. Truth no longer exists, instead it has been replaced with an 'accepted narrative' of what happened.
Last edited by Braddock (2010-02-17 05:38:57)