When I started looking for words with I, there were so many that crossed my mind, starting with “I”. I toyed between Inspiration, ideation, intelligence, intimacy but settled on information especially in today’s time when understanding it is more critical than ever.
The dictionary meaning of Information is “facts provided”. In this day and age, it is ironical coz the biggest barrier to information is weeding out the facts from perspectives. With the advent of social media, it has become really hard to find the right information. What we have are perspectives and you have to glean the facts from there.
In my growing up years, I was taught how to find information because it was not readily available. These days the information is readily available but we are teaching our kids how to weed out facts from fiction. With the algorithms in play, it is becoming harder to get access to the right information.
My hope is that with the easy access to information, the corporates and the big media giants invest in fact checks, just like social responsibility. There should be a focus on educating our kids around using information available to them and gathering perspectives to make up their own minds. There needs to be labels identifying facts which has been after research and backed by data. All this will help us and the future generation in using information wisely and appropriately. We owe it to maintain a free thinking society!