Probably for as long as most of us can remember, we’ve all been led to believe that if we want to know what’s happening in the world around us, then we should be looking to the media such as the news and newspapers to get caught up on things.
However, since the rise of social media over the past ten years especially, as well as more people simply turning to the internet for learning more about what’s happening in the world overall, more and people are really starting to feel a huge sense of distrust when it comes to the mainstream media – epsecially when it comes to their political bias and how they report on certain events around the world to seemingly pit one side against the other which further causes a sense of division and “us versus them” as well as more and more reports of things like foreign interference, restriction of free speech on social media and fake news, it can be hard to know who to trust since there are now more independent sites like LCMPA than ever before who seem to be on a mission to bring people facts and report things as they actually are so that people can form their own opinions.
So, if you’re struggling to believe what the mainstream media is telling you, then in this post we’re going to take a look at some of the reasons why people have stopped trusting the mainstream media.
Most are not objective as much as they claim otherwise:
Although most of the mainstream media sources do all claim that they’re objective and report facts, we all know that this simply isn’t the case. It’s not always the case that the publication or channel itself is biased, but sometimes the people doing the reporting may favor one political party over the other, for example, or they may hold a set of values that somehow find their way into whatever they report meaning the over time the type of content published and reported by this media source bears a certain tone.
There are sometimes too many sources:
In the past there were maybe one or two main news channels and a few newspapers from where people would get their information. However, nowadays, we have literally an endless amount of information available to us – much of which directly contradicts each other, so it’s really hard to know where to look and who to trust when looking for the facts.
We often have an unconscious bias:
Whether we admit it or even are fully aware of it, we all posses an unconscious bias and this manifests itself in how we search for information. It also controls how we share and talk about things we see online, so we’re more likely to share things we agree with and that we know other people will agree with us on because this gives us the validation we need to feel like what we’ve shared is a fact and not just an opinion.