Propaganda: And The Truth be Damned

Once upon time and not so long ago, in the days well before the rise of social media, the truth was the endgame of journalism. Getting your facts right, checking and rechecking sources until absolutely sure was the norm and not the exception. Back then, the truth mattered! Integrity was the name of the game. — Back Then! Continue reading “Propaganda: And The Truth be Damned”

A Sucker Born Every Minute

2020 has become the year of the Sucker! It’s the year social media opened up our eyes to how utterly persuadable we can be. The line between fact and fiction so easily blurred, through propaganda, opinions and misinformation. Being duped on social media is one thing, but when it happens to you in the real world face to face… Somehow it becomes more personal. Nobody likes to be played for a fool. But it does happen! And happens all the time! In fact, one might go as far to say — There’s a Sucker born every minute! Continue reading “A Sucker Born Every Minute”

Critical Thinking: Gone the way of the Dodo

We are, for the most part, an intelligent species. Evolved with the ability to think, reason, to contemplate and evaluate ourselves and the world around us. Yet today, one has only to watch the news to see that a large growing number of us have lost this ability to think and reason for ourselves. With social media playing a significant role — Critical Thinking it seems — is about to go the way of the Dodo! Continue reading “Critical Thinking: Gone the way of the Dodo”

Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!

Right from society’s earliest beginnings, we’ve been told many lies. Thunder and Lightning were the warnings from angry Gods, sacrifice and penance, the only means to appease. Witches steal children and cast spells of drought, disease, famine and plague. That the world itself was flat, and one would fall of the edge if wandering too close. And we all too easily believed them, living in fear while cowering in the shadows of our ignorance. Continue reading “Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!”