We are what we read

….and we read according to what class we belong to. The reality presented to us is also very different depending on what we read, according to  Kajsa Ekis Ekman on Dagens Nyheters kultursida. The newspapers create different sorts of realities for us. I remember my mother in-law talking about this phenomenon with me concerning her son-in-laws who, according to her, was too conservative. He worked as a lobbyist in DC during the Reagan era. “If he only reads Time magazine (US edition) and never any progressive media then Times creates his reality and beliefs!”  She was a very wise women and gave The Progressive (a one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in the US) to my daughter Hannah for her 17th birthday.

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Kajsa Ekis Ekman writes that the major newspapers in Sweden create different realities – worlds – within Sweden. The further down the social ladder we are, the more entertainment we get. The higher up, the more facts.  But I want to add that different realities are also often created depending on which country the paper (or media follow online) is written for. This is what the latest issue of Times magazines cover looked like in the US and in other parts of the world.

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I am very happy that Hannah’s grandmother gave her The Progressive and not Times magazine (US edition)!

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