Micaella Lavi Staff Writer
Wolf believes checking the news every day, being updated on what happens in the world and hearing from multiple perspectives are just a few ways to “transcend” the bubble; “engaging in ideas” is fundamental in order to expand one’s view. “Any time you make one set of assumptions and rank things based on those assumptions, other things will fall out of place,” he said. “By being able to compare different sets of assumptions and perspectives you get a greater sense of what might be significant or impactful.” It is crucial in our world to use comparison skills and different perspectives when reading the news today.
Langman believes that finding multiple perspectives is what creates a well-rounded view. One way Langman achieves this is by reading tweets from politicians because believes that it is important to look at all the facts and details of an issue before cementing one’s opinion on the bigger picture. Langman looks at two different extremes to find where her beliefs match up and where she believes she lies on the spectrum of an issue.
However, this approach can be difficult when living in an era of “fake news.” Wolf believes a news topic is often labeled “fake” when it is something someone of a specific opinion would not agree with. “[Fake news] assumes that I have a unique hold on the truth and the use of truthfulness… evaluating the assessment of what is significant and important about something is important and we need to be able to say that that is important,” he said. As students, Wolf believes that we tend to reduce news to a cliché or to a fake label to eliminate the impact.
“It’s extremely depressing that fake news is even a thing,” Langman said. “We forget the importance of truth when we push our beliefs [over the truth],” Langman said.
Langman believes that finding a balance in how news is viewed is important, as is having all the facts and hearing both sides of a story. “If you hear one side of a story and then another side you will put them together and see where they line up,” she said. “At the point where you have all the facts and sides of the story, it goes off what your personal beliefs, what you are willing to fight for and what you believe is right and wrong.”