It is fairly common knowledge that the media, activists and politicians exaggerate the differences in society, the threats present, and the evil intentions of those on the different side of a debate. I agree. That is accurate.
My theory; It is natural. We all do it. It happens in businesses, clubs, friend groups and schools all the time too. I think that it is common for us to use hyperbole to create action. Note: It is not right to do it, even though it is natural.
Delving deeper; Is it conscious / intentional?
I believe that we should be more skeptical about that when we are considering the motivations of those we disagree with. Why? Our side is generating hyperbole that causes us to believe that we are being manipulated by ignorant, stupid or evil operators on the opposite side. Therefore, to get a balanced view, we must treat it with a healthy skepticism to balance the hyperbole.
Regarding our side; Are they / we consciously amplifying fear? Are they / we intentionally amplifying fear?
Here; I would take the opposite tact. Motivate yourself to look for and assume there is probably a conscious and intentional attempt at manipulation. Why? Confirmation bias is so strong. It takes a devil’s advocate approach to overcome it and see manipulation of those that we agree with.
I am taking this approach and I find it really helpful. Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you.
Just my opinion. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
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