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Reality has been dead for quite some time now, some might argue ever since homo sapiens introduced the alphabet, and conveying messages separated the messenger/writer and the reader/perceptor. Suddenly projection, interpretation and manipulation were thrown in the mix. This development sped up considerably with the arrival of mass media, in particular television. The problem is that the average human being has limited distinguishing skills, and rather consumes the ‘info’ and ‘what to think’ that’s been conveniently fed to him/her than to process independently. Voila, the danger of social media in a nutshell, as the lid of Pandora’s Box that has completely come off. Powerful images and “perception is everything” came together when Bush Jr. did his aircraft carrier landing that brought back memories of the blockbuster movie Top Gun, and did his speech declaring that the Iraq war was over… At that time it wasn’t, and until this day experts still consider America’s entanglement after 9/11 unfinished business. Reality is what we make it, until actual reality catches us in the act of distorting ‘the truth’.

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