I was listening to a radio station in the last few weeks, and heard the phrase –
“100% true, American made, fake news”
Or something close to that. I laughed out load, alone, in my car – I found it that funny. The scary thing is its true – Americans make fake news. It’s not new, in this country or the world, to create fake news. It used to be called ‘Propoganda’.
prop·a·gan·da/ˌpräpəˈɡandə/ noun: propaganda : Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
It’s what I currently refer to as ‘fear mongering’. Taking a small piece of truth and spinning it into something menacing and completely out of proportion.
Have you ever seen a drop of liquid sugar spun into a cotton candy cone?
Or perhaps a better analogy, have you ever seen one small spider spin a huge web?
Fear mongering is taking a piece of something well known, ignoring that it has been empirically proven incorrect, and spinning it to use it as a tool for gain. Take for instance the consistently quoted fear of ‘Stranger Danger’. Statistically proven to be a fractional risk over known acquaintances in reference to child abduction and abuse. Yet this non fact slogan is used constantly by police and media alike.
So today, when I saw this reporters story on parent shaming and raising responsible kids – I was again reminded of how much the police, and media push that lie – and make money off of the public’s misconception about such statistics – in this case actually arrest a mother for a non crime with trumped up charges of neglect and abandonment.
Raise your hand if you went to play in a park, rode your bikes, met up with friends, etc without your parents supervision for hours on end at the age of 9. I did.
Was I accosted as a child? Yup. The sad truth is most women have been. But not during any of those times. And not because a stranger approached me.