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Oh the irony [01]I’m not sure the picture is ironic, but if Alanis Morissette – funny video – doesn’t have to care, me neither. Seems pretty confusing to say the least. that a usefull message about reliability can seem not that reliable when investigated closer but can remain usefull nonetheless.

Saw this in my facebookfeed. (original message here)

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Message that “mainstream media is not always reliable” seems pretty legit. Everybody brings news from their perspective.

But then I wondered. Is Time magazine, or this nomination a good example of not being reliable? Time magazine seemed like a big name not to have a piece on (mis?)information like this. So I looked it up.

The results:

Yes, they named him man of the year 1938. Even more, they named Stalin man of the year 1939 and 1942. (Checkout all the names of controversial nominations)

But then, I read the objective of the nomination: “Editors are asked to choose the person or thing that had the greatest impact on the news, for good or ill — guidelines that leave them no choice but to select a newsworthy — not necessarily praiseworthy — cover subject.”

Given this objective I think that the message of the picture is still valid, but the example given is not. I can understand why editors would pick Adolf hitler as having a great impact on the news – being newsworthy – not praiseworthy necessarily. I can understand we can discuss this, but I also think we can understand people that value this a valid nomination.

That makes this whole picture pretty confusing, absurd and funny to me. Because I can’t say the message is bullshit. I really do think we should question mainstream media. But we should do that with almost everything (from time to time ’cause “all the time” simply is impossible I know, really timeconsuming and exhausting, yet very valuable at the same time). On the other hand I don’t think this nomination of Hitler as man of the year by Time magazine stands as a good example of unreliability of mainstream media.

Got other examples of mixed messages, absurd contradiction? Any thoughts? Please comment, I’m interested in hearing other opinions. Thanks for reading.

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01. I’m not sure the picture is ironic, but if Alanis Morissette – funny video – doesn’t have to care, me neither. Seems pretty confusing to say the least.