"Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups... So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind."
Philip K. Dick, How To Build A Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later
How much of our world view is correct? How do we know what is true? Much of what we know about what is happening in the world comes to us through media. And it is not just one view that we are exposed to; we are, in fact, bombarded by a plethora of views related to an event. And we tend to accept the view which fits in with our existing world view. An event happens, but it means different things to different people. There are so many conspiracy theories circulating around, about who did it and why, all based on shreds of unsatisfactory evidence, driven by 'the will to believe'. In the war against terror, truth seems to be the biggest casualty. Media has the power of creating 'realities' of it's own; it can make people believe in things it wants to. Islamic terrorism, American exploitation, ISI-planned blasts, RAW-planned blasts, they are all world views being presented to us. How do we know which is right? Is there a way out of out?