I followed the story through "El País" and spanish TV. Both, newspaper and television channel, have spent quite a lot 'of space to each other - a quarter of a page in the newspaper and several minutes of broadcasting. The article "El País" - "Obsessive, shy and insecure" - bore the subtitle 'Psychologies', The British magazine, publishes an interview with Penelope Cruz, but the actress denies categorically."
I don't understand: if there was no interview, why they report the content? (Or so they think normal people). But the problem is clearly in denial of the actress and the declaration of his lawyers, "we are considering what legal action to take."
If no one had uttered a word, the fake interview would almost certainly pass over in silence. The strange thing is that once the piece has been denounced as a fruit of imagination, not just the media have rushed to investigate, but have published extensive excerpts. A few weeks ago, I have observed that a large percentage of the world's population don't care about truth.
But I fear that I have sinned by excessive caution, because what is happening is far more sinister: a large proportion of the population is no longer able to distinguish truth from falsehood, or, more accurately, reality from fiction . For this reason, the old Spanish adage "Calumnia, algo que queda" - "slandered, maligned, something will remain" - has lost all meaning and in fact nowadays it's rare to hear it again.
You may have noticed that even the use of the word 'slander' is endangered. Even his sense has evaporated, as happens with the words that define an anomaly - the transgression of the rules - when the anomaly becomes norm and habit. (If everyone lied without feeling guilty and without fearing the consequences, would vanish the very concept of a lie, to become 'a way as any to exercise their freedom of speech. "Believe me, I really miss the target).
The Spanish proverb should be changed to 'slander, defame, no one will notice it." The ease and speed with which any news or humbug spread on the Internet and all of the social net working sites, makes the task to stop false rumors and put an end to the misinformation almost impossible.
For example, when someone was quick to deny that
Harrison Ford had died in a bizarre car accident in
- denying those rumors recently running on the Internet - many users will
already have mentally filed the false report but they will be unable to remove
it. Although few days after seeing a new movie with Ford, they will say: 'Hey,
so he isn't dead' and when people will see him somewhere else, here overlook
the reflection, "...And someone said he was dead"
The informations invented, more striking are, better effect can get - continue to emerge on several occasions, although it was dismissed as nonsense.
In my novel, Your Face Tomorrow, retrace the events
that led to the death of Jayne Mansfield. In 1967, the actress traveled from
Biloxi, Mississippi to , when he
suffered a car accident. Her blonde wig was thrown on the bumper, and this
particular gave rise to the rumor that he had been skinned, or even beheaded,
and his splendid head was rolled away along the dark road of New Orleans . To his admirers inconsolable,
still numerous, the remembrance of his death is full of gruesome details that
really are not true. Louisiana
If the legend was already so entrenched in 1967, you can imagine how 42 years later, when rumors and hoaxes abound and you can not do anything to put them to silence, when any attempt to do just aggravates the situation, even when writers (well, the demagogues in our ranks) "invite" readers to "participate" in the plot of the book and "choose" the final, thus contravening the very essence of fiction, which excludes any amendment or action by ' outside, and when lots of people do not remain attached to a story or a macabre conspiracy theory even when its groundlessness has been amply demonstrated.
In an era where the media are so diversified and therefore more than capable of controlling and establishing the truth, the distinction between true and false appears more blurred every day, almost lost in a kind of magma. Knowing or telling the truth becomes increasingly irrelevant. After all, if truth and falsehood are placed on the same plane and the truth does not matter anymore, what's the difference?
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