There are now cameras everywhere…how can anyone from NFL players to CEOs to candidates ever again assume they are not “on the record?”…but that is not the end of the tale, only the beginning…for you see, cameras will never be objective as long as they are operated by people with agendas .
From the local police to the national paparazzi to the CIA., everybody has an agenda…so “reality” is not what the camera shoots now, but what the camera shows later.
II’s benignly called “editing” which is something like referring to a tsunami as a change in the weather…to edit footage is to add, subtract, and re-sequence entire events in order to construct your very own reality [consider the hundreds of times they re-play the JFK Dallas footage, the Ferguson race riots, the latest cop shooting and/or shot]
Here’s the point. “Reality” has now become whatever the last footage of the facts you’ve been says it is…!
In a room with say 100 different viewers, that can mean up to 100 different impression of the very same facts. Your mission, Pope or President, 10:00 news or Cable Talking Heads, is to now use the facts to reach a decision. Um, you see where this is going, don’t you? The old comfortable certainties like 2+2 = 4 have become more doubtful than ever.
To paraphrase: He who is without any doubts, let HIM cast the first vote. Because the rest of us are usually filled with doubts every new news day…
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