Tuesday, November 9, 2010

identifying real facts about Lebanon

So many misconceptions, prejudice about Lebanon and unfair conversations would not take place if people around the world were truly informed about Lebanon. People however can't take a fact at face value. Even if we say to them "it's referenced to a credible source", they might think that it's still a propaganda speech. The solution is to have a method, for identifying facts. In science, the results published in a paper are not valued based on who the author is, but based on the method used in the study. This can be applied to political facts, if there was an equation that weigh in the degrees of separation between a fact, and the report that mentioned it. For example an investigative report would have less degrees of separation than a regular news article. A published excerpt of a Lebanese parliamentary meeting would have 0 degrees of separation from what was said in that meeting. A reporter's interview of a parliament member exiting that meeting has 2 degrees of separation: one for the politician and one for the reporter. An American journalist writing about what the Lebanese reporter wrote has 3 degrees of separation from the fact, etc... The equation would also factor other things that increase the validity of a fact.

If there was a method to demonstrate how reliable a fact is, a reliable list of facts about Lebanon can be made accessible to the international public. We could present facts separately from our own opinions, so that they have the freedom to form their own. This would lead to meaningful, not absurd conversations about Lebanon.

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