Currently in the world we have several western national leaders that are happy to do very little to “rock the boat”. And we have trained them to do that. Any political party that has some new initiative that will alter how our communities survive into the future are automatically shot down. “Don’t you dare try and change the way I live!”
The mantra is don’t look forward, look back to the good old days. And this is a real challenge for those who want change and want it urgently. Of course, this is only a challenge if you live in a democracy. While most Australians struggle with communism it is hard not to argue that China is far more able to implement structural change then any western democracy.
Our democracy is based on electing people to represent our views, well in theory, the most commonly held views. Those views are shaped by the information we digest, massage and file away. Some people access information all the time to decide who to choose while others will make up their minds on their way to voting. There is no research that gives a clear answer to which method delivers the best outcome (whatever that is).
The question for democracy is: Who is providing the information that frames our views? And by influencing us in a particular manner are those information givers merely “Indian givers”.
It was believed that the rise of the information age would bring a new depth of honesty and credibility to the information available.
There’s no doubt that the internet has changed our lives. We are living in the information age, and are constantly connected to those around us; meaning the ways we communicate are more diverse than ever. Here, we take a closer look at new challenges raised by the internet like fake news and data privacy – and how social media is tackling these challenges. Click here to access.
This is a beautiful example of a news article that in fact is an advertisement feature for Facebook, which it does say at the top of the article. I am not sure how many people would notice the by-line amongst the pictures and bold headings. It is just an example and there are probably better ones.
The information age has bought new influencers to the table who unfortunately have similar principles to those already at the table. The problem is to get to this table requires you to be ruthlessly biased in what information you deliver. The bias coming from a greed for power or money, or most likely both.
So lets finish on a positive note with two examples of information givers from the digital world that in vastly different ways add considerable value to our democracy.