Information comes at us at a million miles an hour, reams and reams of it. Some of it may be true, however, the vast majority of it might not be, but something else, conjecture.
We are all guilty of it, we read something, and then put our own slant on it. It comes from upbringing, education, and the people around us. There’s an awful lot of influences around us that shapes the way we interpret what we see, what we hear, and what we read.
This is, of course, literary gold for a writer, particularly if you are a journalist.
Everyone has an agenda, whether they choose to admit it or not. Sometimes circumstances might get in the way, and then they will have to find a way to influence others to knowingly or u8nknowingly support their p[oint of view.
It sounds a lot like politics, doesn’t it?
This sort of thing not only happens in government, but it also happens in private industry. Everyone to be successful must find a way to push their product or service, sometimes by any and all means possible.
In both cases, there’s more than just a story to be told, and if people learned the truth of how a certain product finally made it into the marketplace, they might not necessarily buy it.
Conspiracy theories abound, pharmaceutical companies rigging test results knowing their product is faulty or using questionable test subjects, shady government agencies running smear campaigns on people who may have influence in an election, leaders of government and private industry misusing statistics and quoting them as fact.
Some even say the moon landings were a hoax. Given how advanced the magic of the movies is these days, even back then, who’s to say it’s real or not.
Someone always knows the truth. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack.
And it will provide writers with a rich vein of plotlines until the end of time.