“When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.”
This quote is from 1996 but it still rings very true today, especially with algorithms controlling much of the content that we are seeing. It was important back then and doubly important now but we must learn to think critically for ourselves as opposed to just accepting what is being fed to us. Some of it may be true and some of it may be false, but the best we can do is make that decision for ourselves, not by a large company.