Symmetric Information may be converging for all those that are connected to the mobile internet and have the incentives to comprehend its full capacity and potential. But to what extent do we know whether our sources are credible? Using Social Media, information is passed on over and over again, most of the time without any credible backing. This seamless technological transaction leaves us in question about the reliability and credibility of the source.
Whom or What can we really trust? -Can we really say that the information we see or the words channeling through our pupils is real? Of course we can consider academic credibility, of which the source ‘must’ be reliable. However, there has been instances where researchers or academics get paid by large organisations or government bodies to commission research, furthermore, it is also known that they pander topics to get their papers published with their career in their agenda.
So where do we draw the line where information stops and truth reveals itself. Well, if there was an answer, perhaps there would not be mediums such as media to tell us what is going on. We have to search deeply into the institutions that we listen too. How often do the social media and media platforms we follow question their own credibility? How much/often do they practice and advocate transparency ? -Ultimately, the choice is up to the reader, you. Perhaps the open source revolution may be the key for accessibility to reliable (frontline) information.
Believe what you will, just remember, information and the reality it brings is all relative…