Why you shouldn’t believe anything you read, see or hear

Be sure to check out Laura Rozen’s posts about the strange case of Alexis Debat, here, here, here and here.

It’s a particularly shocking lesson in the fact that, in terms of providing accurate information, the media is an incredibly rickety contraption. The reason for this, of course, is that the media doesn’t exist to provide accurate information. It exists to make as much money as possible for its owners. It does an excellent job at that.

And yet people—well, upper middle class white people—have a deeply held commitment to the idea the media exists to be accurate, and in fact does give you a tolerably accurate view of the world. Why this bizarre delusion persists is an interesting question.