In the 21st century, the web has become our safety net when it comes to researching the recent trends and news. Resilient and supportive at first glance, this web also has holes through which we can fall if we’re not being critical and assertive of the information we receive and if we let the quantity rule over the quality.
On May 26, 2020, I scrolled through the headlines, most of which were devoted to the COVID-19 crisis, until I came across video footage of a white policeman with his knee on the neck of a Black man. With one click, I saw thousands of media coverages that erupted overnight with people chanting for justice, peace, and an end to police brutality. Leaving the US news medium, I travelled over to the European sources. The same voices spoke up, but quietly. The first emerging articles were more of an observation of what was happening overseas. Only a few days later, I saw the first article at VRT News: “What happens in the US touches us too.” At that moment, the world of news, which is patched of different opinions and perspectives, started to unite over one concrete goal: bringing justice.
It took only one week for this to change. With protests spreading around the globe, the media coverage chopped up the reality like green leaves and coated it with a thick layer of dressing, eliminating any taste for truth. As the world was screaming for justice, the media was amplifying those voices to high frequencies outside of the human hearing range. Living in Brussels, in the diversity hub of Central Europe, I had a bird’s eye view of the information spread. It has proceeded in three stages: initiation, summum malum, and plateau.
The initiation stage started with an active support of protesters. Social media platforms were f