When it comes to the Ukrainian crisis, European policy-makers have something in common with the computing term GIGO: garbage-in, garbage-out. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “incorrect or poor-quality input will produce faulty output.”
Here the garbage-in is in the form of media reports. Many stories have been riddled with unsupported allegations and outright fabrications that have largely gone unnoticed. Lamentably these stories have played a formative role in people’s understanding of the overall situation.
Typically the misleading information emanates from governments, political activists, and special interest lobbies. But it is propagated widely via the media. That ends up influencing not only …read more
Source: Europe’s World