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Truth in relation to humanity is a (often time subjective) measurement of the veracity, validity and accuracy of information. Truth in its literal sense, however, is a state of reality and should leave no room for interpretation, opinion or "spin" as it is called in the mainstream media world.

Truth, Trust and Reputation

Through telling the truth, one may earn a positive reputation as being an honest and trustworthy individual. In the past it was quite easy to get away with lying about real-world events or even imagining any kind of false information and selling it as truth. This is largely due to the fact that there was little to go on but one's intuition as to whether someone was telling the truth or not. However, in a digital age where more and more is being tracked, traced, recorded and archived; and especially where information is increasingly easy to access and verify (i.e. through books, video, internet), it is increasingly difficult to get away with lying.

Truth and Privacy

Society may have more important moral considerations in the pursuit of truth, and that is the concept of privacy. For ages humanity has enjoyed the ability to keep to oneself those bits of information or real-world occurrences that they would rather not share with the rest of the world, either because they are embarassing, potentially damaging to one's reputation, insignificant to present or future events, or, just plain personal.

For this reason, Truth and Privacy will constantly be fighting a battle and society will have to ultimately choose what aspects of one's life can and should remain private. These days though, with Big Brother always watching, and technology (such as the Internet and World Wide Web) designed with openness and accessibility of the entire world's information in mind, there's not much of anything that is truly private. There are, however, still things which each of us hold sacred or personal and we should strive for the liberty and freedom to be allowed to keep that private which we would not have the world (or bother the world with).

Truth in the Mainstream Media

Many criticize the mainstream media with concealing, embellishing or just plain lying about the truth. The most blatant example is probably intentional omission of information, as is criticized for occurring in the mainstream News channels. See below for further explanation:

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Another example relating to News is the intentional distraction, typically through unnecessary visual or focus on opinion from bystanders, uninformed, or deliberately misleading "expert guests/commentators" from the truth in an actual breaking or historically significant news story.

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