Because I haven't actually written anything for long, and I just read something really interesting today, I will just write a thing quickly.
The book I'm reading is called "PHILOSOPHY 101: FROM PLATO AND SOCRATES TO ETHICS AND METAPHYSICS, AN ESSENTIAL PRIMER ON THE HISTORY OF THOUGHT”. I think I bought this book when I was travelling San Francisco. I don't know why, but I was feeling like reading something philosophical and wanted to understand it (briefly). Check this out on Amazon. It's really easy to read.
Anyway, the idea/story that caught my eye is "Plato's Allegory of the Cave". (I'll just copy and paste the part, so it's quite long.)
A great example that shows this idea in popular culture is the Matrix. I was obsessed with it about 5 months ago. I just kept watching it, wondering what if the world we're living in isn't real. What if what we see, hear, everything we are taught is manipulated by someone, and we don't realise if that's real or not because everything is just so manipulated.
I read this article "We can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values", on the Guardian the other day, and made me think manipulation is happening today. It's happening as a name called "algorithm". It's not exactly the same as what we think "manipulation" is, but what I'm saying is that we only seek what we know and we are only shown what we look for.
Anyway, I just wrote this down quickly as a note just to sort out my thoughts.