The last weekend of April 2020 has debuted with an unnecessary and tactless comment made by President Trump. During his last Thursday press conference, Trump has suggested to drink and make injections of disinfectant in order to combat the Corona virus. No matter how insensitive or ironic was the statement, those were not words to be said in front of a nation engulfed in such a current crisis.
Social media responded to the situation with a high amount of comments and content. One of them was British actress and social activist Jameela Jamila’s post, with a clever caption resembling the subject of the matter, bleach.
In times like these, the media tries to make as much as profit for their employees and the platforms they’re displayed on. They exploit our values and feelings, turning people into emotional beings who rant and despair over exaggerated headlines and empty captions.
Media outlets have a clear agenda with subtle meanings to show off. They try to get to the audience by bringing up current stories that can affect their wallets (finance), their health and wellness (medicine), and their freedom (politics). Among these three, the one that is more in vogue this week (if not these last four years) has been immigration, a topic that touches many people. Even though it involves directly a great portion of society, not many of these people have access to a deep knowledge on the topic.
Immigration is a difficult topic to understand, because it involves a series of dynamics and processes that not many people are willing to learn for curiosity’s sake. However, immigration becomes an emotional issue to those who are immigrants themselves or have familiar connections under an immigration status. Those cannot afford to not be aware of what their rights are and they need to stay woke. Immigration brings a lot of money in the USA too. For this reason, immigration is an economic topic as well, that involves a solid knowledge of how the government works and gains profits from. The mechanisms are in constant change throughout the overall structure. It takes time and patience to understand this topic. For this reason, it is important to know how to read and consume news. Even if it’s not a matter that directly touches you, it can affect your surroundings.
During these times, fake news or exaggerated bits of information float around the web. To avoid being caught by unnecessary panic attacks or fearful worries, here’s what to do when reading an Instagram caption from a news organization, a tweet on your timeline, or just a message sent from or shared by your dear ones:
- Fact check with multiple sites
- Give time to the news to settle down: time will tell
- Break the chain if you don’t have time or a deep interest to dig into that piece of information. We’re not heroes by day and night and at all times.
- If you detect a wrong source or a misquote, set a private conversation with the person who revelead to you that news (in real life or out of a public online space.
These suggestions were discussed in an NPR podcast episode. Podcasts are a useful tool in times like these, because they can both entertain but also deliver better and pondered pieces of news in just a few minutes.
This is a society that has found its solace and comfortability in skimming the news. It’s wouldn’t be surprising to think that sometimes we might find ourselves scrolling our devices or laying our eyes on the newspaper and just seeing the flow of words without actually paying attention to. We must train our eyes and be vigilant of what they consume. Out pupils move from left to right (in some languages the opposite), but our span of attention should as still as possible. Otherwise, there’s no balance. Otherwise, we would follow anyone suggestions and drink bleach all day.
the curly flower