Can We Trust the Media? (Baudrillard) – 8-Bit Philosophy
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Can We Trust the Media? (Baudrillard) – 8-Bit Philosophy


In light of recent events concerning newscasters
being lost in the fog of… memory. It may be pertinent to ask:
can we trust the news media? For proclaimed “priest of postmodernism,”
Jean Baudrillard, it isn’t lack of access to information that renders the news meaningless, it’s the proliferation of images that makes it so untrustworthy. Depending on where you get your news, you’ll see “evidence” that climate change is a myth or a serious problem. Enough searching reveals that
Paul McCartney is really dead, Stanley Kubrick faked the moon landing,
and 9-11 was an inside job. If you look hard enough you can find the contrapositive,
underside, or opposite of any event. These multiple interpretations
don’t make the world more accessible. The explosion of information, of events, makes the ability to understand the world nearly impossible. The camera lens makes every image suspect. War is reduced to theatre, disease into telethon,
hunger into magazine covers. It makes the most atrocious events questionable. Every image is possibly staged, recreated, simulated
for a political end or to push a product. There are hundreds of news channels all competing
for viewers, followers, and hashtaggers. Media and advertising operate on the same wavelength. And as a result, the line between reality, marketing, and news is nearly impossible to discern. Media outlets and advertisers compete to keep people glued to their couches, perpetually titillated by the explosion
of content on the screen. It’s the selling of a lifestyle, a promise of access to the truth, as something to produce meaning. It’s why reporters appear at the scene of crimes, embed themselves with military units during war and stand on the banks of oceans during hurricanes—the signs of disasters are images to be consumed. While our lives may be utterly boring and meaningless, the nightly news reports that there are in fact
places where things take place. It sells the promise that meaningful things do happen. They broadcast stories of actual events, but far from giving viewers access to the world, The media creates a copy of an event.
They create non-events. Xerox copies of reality that are
easily ingested by a society that has been trained to accept advertising, suggestion, and disinformation. For Baudrillard, we’re complicit in this disinformation campaign. People willingly choose deception. The masses want to be tricked,
fooled, and distracted from the reality of their livees. Simply put: we prefer the copy of reality. In the world of social media,
we are no longer passive spectators. We interact, create, and dictate news. We are the screen, the editor,
reporter, and subscriber all at once. So dearest viewer, if Sylvester Stallone is
in the Boxing hall of fame as Rocky Balboa, and if people still believe the lie that wrestling is real, how are we ever supposed to find out
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100 thoughts on “Can We Trust the Media? (Baudrillard) – 8-Bit Philosophy

  1. You guys should do Judith Jarvis Thompson's A Defense of Abortion. It's the ethical answer to the question of Abortion.

  2. Do we really need news? i mean if we are told about a typhoon in india, it really doesn't impact our lives, just makes us worry about things vastly out of our control. 
    And in the case of using it for political up and up, how do you know that anything your hear about on an American news channel about an American related conflict or problem isn't vastly biased?

  3. You are the best thing on youtube. The internet founders would be chuffed w this content reaching people

  4. rule of thumb: don't trust. Falsification is what allows us to learn the closest to truth possible. Scientific truth may not be infallible due to fundamental philosophical conundrums, but so far its the best method we got.

  5. In the world after the cigarette experiment (for those who know, high five) nothing can be trusted. Heck, even things right before your eyes should be questioned.

    I think leniency and complacence have worked against us in the worst ways possible when it comes to media and even historic retelling.

  6. Thanks captain obvious. Don't you realise if you need to teach people this stuff they are already lost damned fools.

  7. This gets worse when you throw in subjective experience. Senses are flawed, perception is relative & memory is falible.

    So let me as you this…. did you just watch this video?

  8. Hello Wisecrack i love your videos, but i wish that all of them have spanish subs, many of the concepts are quite hard to understand, and even more if english is not our native language.

  9. Well here's the thing. We can no more trust the news than we can trust word of mouth. I have lived long enough to know that people constantly are misinformed, mistaken, misheard, and so on to the point where it can be hard to get the actual truth out of anyone because at times they themselves do not fully know what the truth is. Humans are imperfect, and thus our senses are as well. We cannot always trust our senses. Even those who say, "seeing is believing" would probably disbelieve what they are seeing under the right circumstances; you wouldn't go to a magic show and believe everything going on on stage is real, even if it looks like that magician pulled a rabbit from an empty hat or sawed a woman in half.

    So a better question is, should you trust your friends and family and should you trust even yourself?

    But, you can definitely be sure to not trust Fox News; that's a given.

  10. We don't KNOW anything man you can only THINK and be correct and no matter what ANYONE THINKS there whole lives reality is absolute

  11. I knew he wasn't rle English, I'm English and can hear any flaw in an accent. It's mainly around his As and D for Ts, still great tho

  12. Hey space X just created the technology to create re-usable rockets, so how did the astronaughts get off the moon if they didn't have rockets to escape the gravity. just saying

  13. We can trust the main stream media to be consistently leading us in the wrong direction. If the voice tells you one thing do the other.

  14. I personally wouldn't put Fox news, clickbate cancer, conspiracy horsecockery, in the same category as more credible news sources. Would have liked them to go more in depth about good media sources

  15. meanwhile, wisecrack frames a question so as to set up an irresolvable conflict to the viewer who accepts its terms…. if we indeed interpret this video as taking place in the media sphere it describes, it's impossible to tell whether the subliminal suggestion to subscribe is ironic or not. these men are telling us our lives are so boring that THEY are our best hope for entertainment. only one solution to the anxiety triggered by the doubtful accelerando: keep subscribing, keep wathcing more vids, buy Gone Girl, keep the machine going!!!
    all while supplying plenty of flashy images and asking for your subscription. and cross-advertising… sly!
    the capitalist entertainment sphere has perhaps found its final science: discovering ways of hiding entertainment as "education," or other benign forms of information, all while hooking the innocent viewer.

  16. Before I even watch the video, I'll just say my opinion based on the title. I just want to know does the video change my opinion.
    So, "Can We Trust the Media?". Yes and no. It depends, do you trust what drives the media?

  17. We cannot trust 8-Bit Philosophy. If you Select the 8-Bit Philosophy playlist from Wisecrack's channel, all the title's have quite a stenchy air of Left-Wing Feminist/SJW propaganda.

  18. Whoa, proliferation of images. Depending where you get your news you'll see global warming as a problem or a myth. Good video.

  19. I find that whenever I watch the news with someone who is knowledgeable about the subject it turns out to be either incomplete, inaccurate, irrelevant or taken out of context.

  20. The media are not a selfless service. They are the bards and minstrels of old, entertaining through embellishment and and sponsored by the establishment.

  21. 9/11 . . . The Worldwide media reported on this terrible tragedy.
    Do you believe their accounts?
    Now we have the "28 pages" report will that report ever come to light?

  22. isn't it quite related to politic-drama content? Consumers who yearn for distraction instead of reality. Entertainment over truth. click bait over data. drama over politic.

  23. I remark two informations given here as potentially deceptive, no matter intentionally or not. First 2:38 , people are trained to accept advertising, suggestion and disinformation. This form of introducing facts also might use viewer wishful thinking and might be targeted to kind of people like supporters of conspiracy teories, while mechanism might as well be exactly opposite- people might obtain forms of scepticism after medias using same decepting form for years, for example. Second, 3:26. Psychology says that peoples opinion on things, even on their behaviour and way of acting might have nothing to do with reality. That's not hard to observe in everyday life too. Real question should be, do you belive things shown with scientific or specialistic rigor, I send you to wikipedias article on Robert A. Kehoe – section "Advocacy of lead in gasoline". Are voices that he got paid for years by gasoline industries as he was best specialist over there.

  24. We shall soon be at the third stage (of catastrophe).."that of the pre-programmed catastrophe, the catastrophe of the third kind, deliberate and experimental." baudrillard, 1992.
    9-11?

  25. I hate the wrestling is fake argument. Of course wrestling is fake, everyone who watches wrestling knows it's fake. That's like saying cartoons are fake, it doesn't take away any entertainment value.

  26. Perhaps we could. Though we should question it, there are bound to be small nuggets of truth strewn about, sometimes close to a whole story's worth. After searching for answers ourselves and then questioning the media, we could devise truth.

  27. Interested in philosophy? Pierce through the veil of Hyperreality. Discover the Source. Check out Hyperianism. https://youtu.be/2RlLjYfvC4w

  28. I’m reading ‘Simulation & Simulacrae’ right now. Extremely fascinating in a Francis Bacon Idols of marketplace kind of way.

  29. HEY #Wisecrack !
    Pls, help me find all your videos with Jean Baudrillard mentions, thank you. A list in the reply comment would be super helpful ^__^

  30. This sort of analysis, while pertinent, often contributes to the placement of Baudrillard into a thinker of the media. Baudrillard's ideas of simulation extend much further, questioning the relationship we have with biology, nature and history to just name a few. By avoiding these domains of Baudrillard's thought, I fear that we construct an image of Baudrillard that is wholly not his own but is the one we bestow upon him for the convenience of being able to talk about what we find important (i.e. the media). Still good stuff tho!

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