Lens of Reason 1
Why context matters
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Lens of Reason 1 - Context
If context doesn’t matter, then truth doesn’t matter.
In order to be certain, we must question that which we are already certain about.
We live in an era where we make judgments about the entirety of someone’s life based on less than 5 seconds of video or 280 characters of a single post on social media. It is an assessment made with less than a millionth of a percent of knowledge about their life.
Popular attention hook videos go viral showing an event in progress in which we don’t know what happened prior, but the clip is intended to draw out strong emotion such that we make a decision of blame without ever asking for context. The context is implied and we are supposed to imagine what was likely the context and become outraged at something or someone.
The manipulation of context is the primary tool of narrative. Some argue context doesn't matter. Which is to say meaning doesn't matter. If we can not question then we can never understand what we see. It is the argument to know less, rather than more.