Facts Over Fiction And Alternative Facts

I grew up loving the Science Fiction genre, and, let’s be honest, the horror genre. Talk about two areas that require a suspension of disbelief above many others. Unless a filmmaker tried to pass off a film as a documentary, audiences are pretty savvy in picking out fact from fiction. Even films that are “based on real events” are taken with a grain of salt. And for a good reason. It’s entertainment. Real life, on the other hand, isn’t quite as discerning in the hands of some folks, and they often try to pass fiction off as fact.

Now, we live in a social media dominated world. Very little happens we don’t hear about. Events may not be promoted by the news, or even downplayed in the news, but word gets around. Sadly, plenty of bullshit gets around too. How many fake celebrity death announcements have we had to sit through or check out on Snopes? How many memes with quotes that have turned out to be fake have we had to admit we didn’t look up before sharing?

My impression has been that social media and having the world at our fingertips would allow us to quickly figure out fact from fiction. Did we even have fact checkers back in the 1970s during an election? They seem like a good idea, right? And yet we now have candidates downtalking the fact checkers because they (the fact checkers) were (gasp!) checking the validity of certain claims.

Truth was thrown out the window with the latest election, and it doesn’t appear to be changing since the inauguration took place. Now, instead of calling bullshit when someone lies, we’re told they were presenting “alternative facts”. I’d love to know who came up with because, let’s face it, they obviously don’t have a gag reflex and could easily put it down their throat. That’s impressive.

The question that comes immediately to my mind is how much of this is ultimately going to get accepted as fact? When someone in the White House says it was a larger crowd present to see the inauguration, that more people used the transit system to see the President get sworn in than the previous inauguration, etc etc and it clearly wasn’t, how many times will it take someone saying it was before the public starts to scratch our collective heads and agree “Well, maybe it was.”

That’s rewriting history, and it reminds me a hell of a lot of a novel I read in high school by George Orwell.

True, I identify with and vote as a Democrat. However, I have also maintained that I will vote for a Republican if I think they are the better candidate. I was quite disgusted with Republican leadership when President Obama was voted into office both times, and I fight not to act the same way they did in my attitude towards Donald Trump. But this manipulation of facts and fiction, and calling fiction “alternative facts” is something that needs to be nipped in the bud right away. And the pressure to keep it nipped needs to be maintained.

I hope some good comes of our current leader, and not as a warning of how not to let a country vote. In the meantime, call it like it is; alternative facts are lies.

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Comment by that angry buddha guy on January 26, 2017 at 6:52am

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

adolf hitler

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 26, 2017 at 8:15am

what makes trump so scary isn't that he lies - it's that he lies without trying to cover it up.  he unabashedly lies about anything he either does'nt agree with or that he thinks isn't fair to him or good for his image or that makes him uncomfortable.  but lying politicians?  it's like we've put ourselves in a bubble for eight years.  we had this great president who made an enormous effort to be as honest as he could but not ENTIRELY honest, but pretty honest and we got used to that.  remember bush?  remember clinton?  remember clinton?  remember all of them?  they're all liars.  it goes with the territory.  politics is a strange business.  it's mostly theater. if you think it's about policy, I can't agree with you. because I think it's about herding cats and looking savvy while you do it. 

Comment by Rosigami on January 26, 2017 at 8:16am

This needs to be said. Lies are lies. "president" cheeto and his minions need to be called on every single "alternative fact" they dare to try to push on the American public.
It may be though, that his downfall will come partly from his obsession with his popularity and his inability to let go of his need to be The Best At Everything. 
I know 7 year olds who can focus WAY better than he can.

Comment by that angry buddha guy on January 26, 2017 at 11:52am

and sadly the one thing he really is best at, is lying to himself

Comment by koshersalaami on January 26, 2017 at 1:29pm

Believing = Loyalty

Disloyalty is a cardinal sin

Comment by nerd cred on January 26, 2017 at 5:12pm

To be fair - don't you mean candidate rather than candidates and lies rather than fictions?

Maybe that goes along with your fight not to act like the Obama opposition.

We try to take the high road, we're told to go high when they go low, not to be like them. But is that always the right thing? To some degree, isn't that what has taken the Democrats to the position we're in now? Always trying to be the nice one, high-minded, reasonable, we are all one people, not red or white but red white and blue and kumbaya.

In most things we accept that we react differently to different degrees of threat. It's (generally) not allowable to shoot someone for giving you a dirty look but if you walk in on someone holding a gun on your kids, it is allowed.

I'm just saying, it's going to be important at least to be to be direct and open - not candidates but the current president. Not fictions or falsehoods but lies and damn lies. And sometimes we (meaning, mostly, our representatives) stand up and fight, dirty if necessary, sometimes we just say no without thinking things to death. And even without trying to be fair.

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