A very interesting article by one of the supreme observers of the world today on From Orwell to Gladwell and Back. It is about censorship in the modern age and how we are shaped into certain beliefs unless we are vigilant and have a strong sense already about who we can trust and what is likely to be true. I am more than aware of this since it is already very apparent that things that show up on Google will disappear within days if they are not part of “the narrative”.
The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them. It’s so powerful because it’s unconscious. It’s not like they get together every morning and decide “These are the lies we tell today.” No, that would be too crude and honest. Rather, it’s a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they’ve never really experienced that’s arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they have chosen to live their lives.
It is to see the world in the form of a novel where the good guys and girls are always on the right side of every issue and the bad ones are always on the wrong side. Facts are selected and shaped, other facts are ignored or suppressed, and the result is like a TV serial that is guaranteed to satisfy anyone who falls into the sway of the story in the way it is told.
There is more at the original link about how we are shaped by the information flow we are permitted to have. It amazes me all the time to listen to people who are on my side of the fence who quote the mainstream press or the left-media when they know – and they really do know this – that these organisations are lying to them. To read that only 27% of people don’t think the media is biased is different from the 95% of people who take a media story as largely true.