Reliability of the Media, Questioned

The United States Presidential Election brought up a very important concern of the reliability of the media.

Without a doubt, the media, both mass and social, played a huge role in the spreading of information to the public.

But it begs the question of how much of that information can be trusted?

Now, here’s the painful truth: it is hard to trust the media.

In one way or another, the media will have a political slant, especially in election seasons.

So, what can we do now?

Boycott mass media? Hold the media accountable?

But now, who should ensure that that happens? I mean, the election clearly shows that people voted based off of emotions, thus, it would not be wise to let the public decide.

So, what now?

I don’t know and I doubt anyone does.

The free press is supposed to bring reliable information to the public. It also allows the press to act as a watchdog for the government in the event that politicians abused their powers.

But now, we are facing another problem.

Who checks on the watchdog to ensure that it does its job of providing reliable information?

Who checks the press in the event that they abused their powers?

Hmm…

A Tragedy, or so I thought.

Boom.

Today was bad. My phone died on me. It short-circuited or something and just wouldn’t switch on.

And if you had experienced this before, you know how bad it felt, like a blow to your face.

Technology is like an extension of myself. Contacts, information and entertainment at my fingertips, and without a doubt, in the future, it might be worse.

It made think about how we start to grow dependent on technology from places to eat to basic everyday facts. Though, maybe that is a good thing. Technology removes the burden of knowing to them, allowing us to be free to think creatively, to ponder about thinks that we otherwise wouldn’t. We become more human in that case, to be creative. Instead of being the encyclopaediae, we become the curator – compiling and digesting information to find the meaning behind them.

Maybe, technology is good after all. Hmm… A thing to ponder about.

 

Days Like These

It is unfortunate that there is a limit to mental stamina.

One cannot go for long hours of studying without feeling exhausted and irritated.

In my case, I’d get annoyed or frustrated easily when I had studied for long hours and that is the sign that I need to take a long break.

It is days like these that I realised that there is never enough time in a day.

When we include the time it takes to eat, to shower, to exercise, to rest and all the other miscellaneous activities, the actual time left to do actual work – in my case which is to study – is short.

Well. This is life isn’t it?

#AlwaysImproving

A Recorded World

Everything we type, we post, we share are recorded. This blog post is recorded, that video on Youtube that you will be watching is saved, that article or that thought that you shared on Facebook is immortalised. It is fascinating — and scary — to know that everything we do online now is recorded and saved in some database somewhere. Even though we might delete it, a part of it will still be on some server somewhere. Nothing can ever be completely erased once it is up on the Internet.

The thing about this that pretty much fascinates me is that even if we die, an essence of our thoughts is immortalised. The things that we do, the discussions that we have, the posts that we write, all immortalised online for everyone to see. It is fascinating that the only thing left of us when we die is the digital footprint that we leave behind. Unfortunately, this includes the dumb things that we had said and the stupid and embarrassing things that we did.

So, maybe we should really think about the things that we are putting up online. The digital imprint that you leave behind might be your only legacy and I’m sure that you do not want to be remembered as the person who did something stupid and let others see.