Fake News, the Mainstream Media, and The New World of Information

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Ray Davis, for 6 Sense Media

mainstream_mediaOver the past year, the phrase fake news has been hurled like a weapon in popular culture. It began as a backlash by the mainstream media in an attempt to mitigate their diminishing credibility and audiences. They lambasted the alternative media with the label.

Reflexively, the alternative media fired back with the same charge against the mainstream media. All of this has been clouded by the ongoing war between President Trump and the media. For many, this battle pits good versus evil. In the minds of some, this has buoyed the credibility of the mainstream media as a firewall against Trumpism.

However, that recent development obscures the fact that the mainstream media has earned that lack of credibility over many years. Fake news is not really a proper monicker for the MSM. It reports real news, for most the most part. It’s sins are the following.

  1. Massive contribution to the heated right-left paradigm schism spreading through our society.
  2. Handing their megaphone to the most extreme elements on all sides creating a false reality of constant fear and chaos.
  3. Undying support for perpetual war for profit.
  4. Corporate-sponsored analysis, conclusions, and censoring.
  5. An unwillingness to truly question power beyond the context of a right-left mentality.
  6. A failure to challenge establishment talking points on a wide array of issues.
  7. A failure to investigate whole areas information invaluable to human beings understanding who we are and what we’re doing on this planet.
  8. It’s based on a top-down, center-out flow of information.

The trust has been broken because of these failures. It’s not a right-left and it’s not particularly related to the current president. It’s a fact. In a reflective moment, we all know it.

That top-down, center-out paradigm is dead. We are in the era of participatory journalism and learning. It has its own challenges and is experiencing its growing pains. Yet, it’s an inevitable evolution of the way information is shared in society. Knowledge is power and it has too long been in the hands of the TOO FEW. The mainstream media has traditionally been the filter through which that TOO FEW crafts the paradigms they want to the many to be subservient to. No more. That day is done. For better or worse, media and information is now in the hands of the many. The question is, what will we do with it?

ray_author_headshot_full_size_editedRay Davis is a social commentator, author of Anunnaki Awakening, and the co-founder of 6 Sense Media. He founded The Affirmation Spot in 2007 and shares information, motivation, and ideas with hundreds of thousands on social media each week.

About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is an author and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. His latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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One Response to Fake News, the Mainstream Media, and The New World of Information

  1. Ray Hoisington says:

    Going through this right now – everywhere I turn is something other than the truth.

    Still meditating – and practicing Isha Kriya – Inner Engineering – growing, raising consciousness – it is wonderful.  Thanks for your works Ray!


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