“The very ink with which all history is written is merely prejudice” – Mark Twain
The Occupy Wall Street Movement began September 17, 2011. That’s about the only thing everyone agrees on when it comes to the occupy movement.
My initial plan was to present a linear timeline describing the major events of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, the motives behind them and their impact. However when looking at various media outlets and realizing the bias in reporting and heavy influence of social media it is impossible to present a linear history that can be accepted as an unbiased historical outlook. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has experienced a chronological transformation to which can only be defined and reported based on individual political/religious/social perspective. Gladwell details the use of social media has increased the corrupted reporting of history, and presents these media types as “in addition” to the reporting of history reported by traditional types.
But this brings up the question, is Gladwell correct in his argument? Is Social Media Corrupting the Reporting of History?
Even Mark Twain in 1800’s recognized the presence of bias in how history is reported well before the invention of social media. To disagree with Gladwell I would argue that Social Media has not contributed to the corruption of recording history but instead, it has allowed for history to be more accurately reported because it allows for a broader perspective to be portrayed. Traditional media sources have political bias’s in reporting (Foxnews, MSNBC, ect.) so social media presents unlimited perspectives unique to the individual experience beyond the bias’s of traditional media.
The addition of social media did not create bias in reporting, it simply increased the amount of perspective in historical report of events. A society once reliant on information from limited sources are now opened to the views, opinions, and stories of anyone with a computer and internet access. While Gladwell looks at this negatively, it could be argued this ultimately creates the complete history of the event.
A study in 2000 looked at how world events were interpreted based on political ideology. The findings of this study showed that the political ideology bias was strongest among people reporting high knowledge of the event. (Fagerlin) History will always be effected by how events are perceived, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement just exemplifies how ideology and bias in reporting effects how it is perceived in history.