My answer to Why do people in America believe the lies of the media?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Americans have yet to evolve a modern, technically astute and informed process of vetting the media and similar sources of information.
Communications and expectations are two vital elements in measuring in that process.
To an extraordinary degree the age in which we live is requiring us to redefine trust and the degree to which communication and expectation contribute to it.
Consider simpler times a few years past (say 50). Trust was necessary in many venues as a means of survival on a day to day basis. We relied on others extensively for our well being from our local store to our banker, from the policeman to the politician. And we knew them all better, we could reach out and touch them and we were not viewing them in sound bites and web sites, nor were we being bombarded with multiple forms of input to digest about them.
Mass marketing and communications has created expectations beyond reality in venues from romance web sites to building wealth. We must come down to earth and become much more sophisticated in the manner with which we view all this input and sift it in a meaningful way to have true trust. If we do not we run a high risk and that fact is inescapable.
To a very large degree this is a personal responsibility.