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A Lesson on Changing a Message Via Simplification

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The german blogger fefe wrote about a very interesting video: Jordan Peterson was interviewed by British Channel 4 for half an hour on equal treatment and equal payment for women and men.

The interesting thing of this interview is not the opinion of Peterson or the journalist. The real interesting part of this video is the constantly repeated pattern of an academic and personal opinion and a simplified but wrong summary of the journalist. By simplification and partly also exaggeration, she put words in Peterson's mouth he did not say or mean.

Now imagine an interview which is not on uncut video. Imagine an interview where the journalist let the interviewee talk and later-on, he/she is summarizing and extracting from the recording. In this case, the interviewee can not instantly correct the errors.

The video above demonstrates this effect in a perfect way. Peterson is very careful with his words and the journalist is obviously trying to find scandalous statements that suppress women in our culture.

Again: completely independend of the opinions of the two interview partners, this video is really worth watching in order to get a lesson in mechanism of the media.

In contrast to the stupid statements of Trump related to fake news, this is ought to be the original fake news definition: alter the meaning of a statement by putting in different but wrong words.

Fefe should start blogging in English as well. ;-)

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