Leadership

Tabloids Are Not Real Life

There’s an important distinction between the news and tabloids.

Ideally, one is made up of facts and substantiated evidence while the other is created entirely for entertainment value.

Perusing through today’s headlines, it is difficult to discern what is fact and what is fiction. Modern headlines are specifically designed to elicit an emotional response and nothing else.

…except perhaps a click.

The strategically worded headlines of today’s media exist only to cause a response and strengthen the confirmation bias. It is not meant to inform, educate, to provide well-balanced discussion.

When we get our news from such thin sources – often the headlines alone – it is easy to believe the world is just as good or bad as we perceive it to be.

Don’t be pulled into the trap that the headlines capture the nuances and details of the actual story. Look through the loud and search for the substance.

Better yet: be the prevailing voice of reason in an ever divisive landscape.