Social media has made it possible for events to be reported almost instantly but the news and views that you read depend on what your smart phones/computers show you. There’s too much information for someone to view it all so the computer programs running social media such as Facebook filter some of it out and just give you the kind of information that you prefer. It does this by keeping track of your previous online behaviour.
So different people receive different versions of the news and base their opinions on different facts. And who has time to check out if all the reported facts are true? Fake news allegedly was used to help Trump get elected. On Christmas Day, a fake news story prompted Pakistan to issue nuclear warning to Israel. We believe what we want to believe and there’s a tendency for us all to exist in a bubble, surrounded by people and news reports that reinforce what we already believe. It’s not surprising that ‘post-truth’ has been declared the word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
On a radio phone-in show I heard a Birmingham City supporter say “we all agree” and I felt like shouting at the radio, “That’s one thing Blues fans never do — they don’t all agree.” We inhabit our own bubbles, looking down on fans in different bubbles. The change in manager has just given us a new topic to argue over. Some, while acknowledging what Gary Rowett achieved, think that his style of football was boring and it was time for a change. Others, including me, would have preferred Rowett to stay. But I’m a Blues fan and feel I have to support the team and the manager we have got. So I’ll be hoping for a win on Saturday and, when I go to the game on Monday, I’ll support the players on the pitch and the manager that selected them.