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According to TheStar, the MCA president said that, “people should be critical enough not to accept everything that is reported online as all the information need not necessarily be true.”

It is important for people to differentiate the truths, half-truths and what is a complete lie

Okay, I will actually go one better than him and say that “people should be critical enough to not accept everything reported as the truth.”

You see, the reason why I like to read TheStar is because it is an adventure! If you read TheStar literally, it would be an extremely boring newspaper to read. However, if you try to read between the lines, that is when it gets pretty exciting. TheStar actually tries really hard to report the truth under self-censorship practiced by most local news outlets.

I used to always say that the solution to rumour mongering is to teach people how to think critically. Most things that are said will be inaccurate, if not blatantly false. The rest will largely be exaggerations. Only a really small amount of truth will actually be revealed. Therefore, it is critical that we teach children to learn how to discern the ‘truth’.

Let’s quote Colbert on truthiness:

It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It’s certainty. People love the President because he’s certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don’t seem to exist. It’s the fact that he’s certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?…

Truthiness is ‘What I say is right, and [nothing] anyone else says could possibly be true.’ It’s not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality.

Hahaha! We really need people like Colbert and Stewart to help us discern the ‘truth’.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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