Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom.
– Albert Einstein
We live in a time where ‘reliable sources of information’ have become rare although the communication possibilities themselves are becoming more diverse, complex and easier every day and worldwide – perhaps that is the reason why 🤔.
The Corona pandemic has shown us once again how important serious, critical and ‘credible’ journalism, that educates and informs, has become. The pandemic has also shown us how open and receptive humanity is to conspiracy theories, ‘fake news’ and manipulative news. In the age of social media, journalism can no longer control access to and dissemination of information.
In order to identify and track down the so-called ‘fake news’ , to get correct and ‘true’ information, it is sometimes necessary to research for a longer period of time and, above all, to read the texts until the end. – But who does always stick to it?
I am very grateful that I have developed a very good feeling for ‘exposing’ fake news through many years of practice. I use social media for communication and information gathering in both private and professional life. Therefore, I am always irritated when I see how ‘intelligent’ people are influenced by polarization and manipulation and are no longer able to reflect and listen to other opinions. It also makes me wonder how many users simply signal fear by not posting their opinions publicly and thus becoming ‘silent’ followers.
As soon as I enter the world of the Internet, I know that ‘good and evil’ can be found – I ground myself in my daily morning prayer, in which I also ask for protection from negativity – this helps me personally, without fear or worry, to enjoy the positive benefits of these fascinating communication possibilities.
We are in the middle of an ‘information war’ – what is true and what is false?
JU’S 3 QUESTIONS OF THE MONTH
1. How can you find your way through this information flood? How do you distinguish ‘reliable‘ from ‘manipulative‘ sources?
2. What is your personal strength in researching and passing on information? Which social media type are you?
3. How do you manage to follow your instincts in this ‘information conflict‘ and listen to your inner voice?
🙎♀️Katalin S. 🇭🇺🇮🇱🇦🇹
I first met Katalin at a Workshop at the Grandmotherturtle Center.
Katlin loves dancing and taking walks with her dog. Her life motto is “Follow your heart“. I appreciate Katalin’s refreshing, direct and cheerful way of life- she is a true life-artist and a very good networker.
👩🏻Carina Pummer 🇦🇹
If anyone can be called a ‘Free Spirit’ – then Carina. We are colleagues at the HTL 3 Rennweg and I have come to appreciate her ‘open, warm, critical, humorous and philosophical’ manner. Our team-teaching hours were always very amusing. Carina writes great texts, likes to travel a lot, loves theater and art as well as running and climbing. Her life motto is ”This moment is the only one that counts.”
👱🏼♂️Nikolaus Müller 🇦🇹🇺🇸🇬🇧
I was his teacher when Niki graduated in History and Political Education in 2013. I already noticed him back then as a particularly interested, charming, polite and intelligent young person and ‘today’ our common interest in innovation and future topics has brought us together again.
Niki received his MSc “Innovation&Management” from Imperial College London, one of the top 10 universities in London and currently works at Amazon in London.
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” is Niki’s motto in life and he loves traveling, photography and all activities that generate a lot of adrenalin: surfing, skydiving, cliff diving, climbing, skiing etc.
🙎♀️Katalin S. 🇭🇺🇮🇱🇦🇹
I do not read a lot of news. I am informed about the changes and updates about the current situation in Vienna through emails from WKO (Austrian Federal Economic Chamber) and IKG (The Jewish Community of Vienna). I follow some Israeli sites on Facebook and Instagram.
I simply filter what I am watching on Youtube and who I follow on social channels. I am always happy to find and share a new workout, healthy fast recipes or a good shopping offer.
I read and listen only to the channels I know and like. If I have a funny feeling, I simply stop reading or listening.