I want to be accurately informed. How?
January 3, 2014 9:40 PM Subscribe
I recently came upon the work of Noam Chomsky and it opened up a whole new world of information and ways of seeing the world. How can I become more informed about our world's recent history and be accurate about it?
posted by drd to Society & Culture (28 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I want to be accurately informed on the last 50-100 years of world history, especially as it relates to the global superpowers, what their motivations actually were, how their motivations affected public policy and actions such as war, and what the logical outcome has been for today as all of these different mindsets have played their roles in the past century.
I know there's a ton of writing on this- I was recently introduced to Noam Chomsky and others, and while he sounds very sensible and I generally agree with his sensibilities (I think), the amount of material it covers makes it impossible for me to really know for sure whether or not he is accurate in his sentiments. I'm not saying that he doesn't know- I'm asking, how can I know?
I don't have the time to read the entirety of world history to fact-check everything- I suppose I just want to know what you guys think is the best way to become informed in the most unbiased way possible. I know I shouldn't latch onto figureheads- people are right about some things and wrong about others. So I'd rather detach my learning from the figureheads and simply use them as teachers.
I have no political affiliations except those that, in the end, increase human well-being.