Odds and Ends with a bit of Politic.

Posted May 10, 2017 11:10 am - Updated May 10, 2017 11:36 am

The age of affirmation

I was talking with a friend the other day at the Kansas Press Association and he worries that instead of the age of information, we're in the age of affirmation.

With the explosion of social media, folks can seek out news that affirms their perception of the world, without getting into different experiences to fully understand what's going on.

I fear that this is what happened to folks as there is such a division between supposed liberal and conservative thought processes.

A 2009 study published in Sage Journals noted that “viewers worldwide turn to particular broadcasters to affirm rather than inform their opinions, meaning the global news media are likely to reinforce existing attitudes and stereotypes of cultural ‘others’.”

In their research, they also found that when tuning into Al-Jazeera English, news consumers were less dogmatic in their world views.

What does this mean for Kansans? Is there really a media bias in broadcast news that we’re buying into because it ‘affirms’ our opinions of others?

According to a Poynter article, nine out ten Republicans felt that news organizations are biased against Trump, but in a society that embraces diversity, what of cultural implications?

With a free press, it’s sacrilege to shun opposing voices, but what about the truth? Moderation is defined as the avoidance of excess or extremes, and it behooves broadcast news consumers to remember that there are always two sides to a story.

I’ve found that with the rise of social media, there is more transparency as we’re bombarded with Congressional hearings daily and it’s easier to watch the SOURCES give their accounts of happenings, but I wanted to put this out there for speculation.

Are you a well -balanced news consumer? 

ShaMecha Simms 19 days ago
Funny you mention this.  A few weeks ago my Apple News gave me a blurb of an article that explained how Trump's tax plans were beneficial for the vast majority of Americans.  When I read it I thought, "Wow.  That actually seems reasonable and good.  Why haven't I heard this before?"  I then realized that it was an editorial piece from some version of a Republican (far right, moderate right, alt right...I can't say for sure).  I tried to confirm the information with Fox News but couldn't locate anything backing it up.

The most conservative outlet I can handle is Fox News.  I like to think I'm open-minded but I admit to being leery of outlets that are favorable to Trump.


Kitty Persson 19 days ago
Truth is just that:  truth.  No sides and does not adhere to any political party.  Sometimes it is downright ugly in what it can expose.
I suspect that is why so many both in and out of journalism try to pervert it to their own ends.  Such antics fly in the face of integrity and are to be exposed and condemned.
MARTIN JACQUES 18 days ago

By golly no journalist can pervert this truth!


"President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he coined the expression “prime the pump,” a commonly used expression in economics with origins in the 19th century."


god-save-us-all-the-internet-is-bewildered-by-trumps-claim-that-he-coined-the-phrase-priming-the-pump

Manuela Chavez 17 days ago
Main stream media is no saint - and fake news is deplorable. Truth, integrity, common respect are all casualties on both the Liberal (left) side as is the Republican (right) side.  The reason that truth, integrity, and common respect have become casualties is because people are too 'party minded' and have forgotten how to be kind and respectful to one another. Having a difference of opinion is one thing, but to have a closed mind to the point where talk becomes nothing but clanking noise - it accomplishes nothing.  Both sides of the field are guilty of this.
Thorne Smith 15 days ago
False equivalence - Wikipedia
False equivalence is a logical fallacy in which two opposing arguments appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not.
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