Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance In The Internet Age

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Currently, people can access the media from almost anywhere. Years ago, the broadcast of information by television and print had dominated the American society for an extended time. Now the Internet has grown exponentially with a variety of sources of information. BUT How has the media’s objectivity been affected by the explosion of information sources? According to Everette Dennis, An American scholar stated that “Objectivity is what sets apart American mass media from the rest of the world and is one of the most important precepts of American journalism” (Beck). However, it is indubitable that this new era of mass media has a significant impact on our society to the global scale and the quality of the information. Some of those sources are…show more content…
It is false knowledge”. I believe that our societies will experience that more individuals live in worlds of their ideology. The false knowledge spread rapidly, and it leads people to believe in incomplete or wrong information without proof. For instance, the climate change is a real fact, but the bias information about it makes some people think that climate change is not real (Beck). Some individuals choose their own truth because they choose sources and networks that reinforce their own biases. Moreover, they form opinions about a fact with information that is manipulated by powerful groups such as corporations, institutions, politic groups, and so…show more content…
The usage and access to the Internet are very low in many areas due to some factors: ethnic, geographic, economic or societal. For instance, people who live in the rural area have limited access to the internet. Individuals who live in urban areas with high income and educated are adopting new technologies faster and are always connecting. Unfortunately, the distribution of resources among people and societies is already heavily unbalanced, and to access to information technology is even worst. The growing gap between the underprivileged and privileged citizens is a global concern that continues growing at an alarming rate around the world. According to William Kennard, the Chair of the FCC, "In a society where increasingly we are defined by access to information and what we earn is what we learn, if you don't have access to technology, you're going to be left in the digital dark ages” (Digital). Hence, the governments must subsidize internet access for low-income individuals and create community access centers with well-trained staff. Moreover, the private sector must provide equal service and network to rural areas and the creation of more computer clubs for underprivileged communities
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