Don’t Blame Facts, Blame Ourselves

Real news as fake news. Fake news as real news.

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Aesop’s boy crying wolf is not about the wolf. Similarly, screaming about fake news is not a problem with facts, it’s a problem with ourselves. Fake news is mostly a label attached to the narrative created about facts that doesn’t fit someone else’s agenda.

The aphorism says: All cats are grey in the dark.

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Photo by Jack Weir. Image Wikimedia, Creative Commons.
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Michel Eugène Chevreul: Image in Public Domain
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Notice how the grey stars appear to change color and value upon different colored backgrounds. From Chevreul’s De la loi du contraste simultané des couleurs et de l’assortiment des objets colorés (1839). Image from Archive.org. Public domain.
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Notice how the circle appears slightly lighter and bluer when it’s on the orange as opposed to on the white. Staring at the line between the red-orange and white often helps to make this perceptual change clearer. Image: Wikimedia, Creative Commons.

Novelist, poet, a post-studio visual artist, and the founder of The Invisible Art Collective International. Recent novels include “Sundre” and “Garbage Head.”

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