December 21, 2007

Half Of What You See – Less Of What You Hear/Read

It's an old adage but I'm finding more and more in life that it is true. And the more I experience in life, the more I am learning to not be so quick to jump on things like "initial reports" or "breaking news" type conversations with people.

There's an element in all of us that wants to be the first one to find things out. Or to know of news before everyone else does. It's why Cable News (FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC, DrudgeReport) do so well. We are addicted to knowing the details before others do. There's a pride involved in it. We don't want to miss out. We don't want to hear those dreaded words "Dude, where have you been – you need to catch up".

I'm learning the hard way that if you want to know what's really going on, you need to go to the source. Emails, websites, news reports, etc are all designed to help generate readership and you are consuming what the author wants you to consume. The truth can be a far different thing.

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