If someone wanted to find out about what was going on around them in the past, they probably would have watched TV or read a paper. The reason for this is that the internet wouldn’t have been available.
So unlike today’s world where one can choose between the mainstream media or the alternative media, there would only have been only option. What the former came out with would then have been the only thing they had to go by.
There may have been times when one paper had a slightly different perspective to another, but that might have been as far as it went. As a result of this, it may have meant that they accepted everything they were told.
Or, there may have been moments when they were not willing to go along with what they were told. But if one did accept everything this source came out with, it could be said that it is not going to be much of a surprise.
After all, the purpose of this source is to inform people about what is taking place around them. This is then similar to how if one was brought food in a restaurant, they wouldn’t send the food to a lab to be tested before they eat it.
There would have been people around them who also went along with what this source came out with. And as this was the case, it would have made it easier for them to believe that they were doing the right thing.
What will also have played a part is that one is likely to have paid attention to this source since the beginning of their life. During their early years when they were highly suggestible, they are likely to have been around people who also looked towards this source of information.
So in the same way that one can believe that a friend or a family member has their best interests at heart; they can believe that the mainstream media is there to serve them. This will have been seen as the truth and there would have be no need for them to look into if this was actually the case.
However, even though one will now have the ability to go online and to see what the alternative media has to say, it doesn’t mean that this will take place. They could be only too happy to carry on as before.
As another source is now available, they have the chance to see if what the mainstream media tells them is actually the truth. This will be the same as one having the opportunity to spend time around people who are radically different.
Through being around these people, it can enable them to see if the people they have spent time with up until this point in time are right for them. But regardless of whether this relates to the news or to relationships, the need to hold onto what is familiar still remains.
Consequently, even though one now has the chance to see if what the mainstream media comes out with is the truth; it doesn’t mean that they will. Instead, they could continue to blindly follow this source of information.
It is then not that one will follow this source because they want to be informed; they will follow it because that’s what they have always done. The part of their brain that is only interested in their survival will have taken over, while the part of them that has the ability to questions things will be out of action.
This comes down to the fact the mind is drawn to that which is familiar; if something is not familiar, it will be seen as a threat. Thus, even though this relates to information and not a life or death situation, the mind will still work in the same way.
Based on this, if one is a lot younger and they have grown up with the internet, there is the chance that they will be more likely to look towards the alternative media. For one thing, they are not going to be as attached to the mainstream media.
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Also, one is likely to have a Smartphone, and this will mean that they can take a deeper look into anything they want, no matter where they are. Ergo, unlike the older generation, they will be part of the generation that is informed about the world.
But while this might sound accurate, it could be said that this is not going to apply to everyone under a certain age. There will be people who haven’t grown up with the internet who still look towards the mainstream media.
Although these people might not read a paper or watch the news on TV, for instance, they will still read articles and watch videos that are provided by this source online. At the same time, one could end up being manipulated by the people behind the mainstream media even if they pay attention to the alternative media.
What this comes down to is that even if a website positions itself as being on the fringes, this could be nothing more than an illusion. Through creating this impression, it causes people to drop their guard down.
There is then a more direct way of manipulating people and there is a more indirect way of doing it. It has been sad that the people behind the scenes have controlled people in this way for many, many years.
By doing this, they can cover all bases, and it makes it easier to deceive the people who are not as easily deceived as others.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.