July 2017

Inherent biasInherent bias

In an era of fake news, media bias and political change, our interpretation of the world around us has never been more important. Fact checking is vital, but understanding the reasons behind the alternative truths is paramount. Being aware of a publication's inherent bias is an integral part of reading the news, but taking the time to draw your own conclusions is crucial. Listening to the words and watching the actions of our political leaders is one thing, understanding their agenda is more revealing... Sometimes, we need to look at things differently.

Following the headlines of horrific attacks and unimaginable tragedies, we are often shown – and encouraged to take hope from – the reassuring sides of humanity. The good Samaritans coming to the aid of those in need; the communities pulling together to help those who have suffered. It's a simple and powerful example of looking at things differently. But it need not end there, and it need not be restricted to the simplicity of looking for the good in a bad situation. For when we look at things differently, we give ourselves a chance to react differently and to form an alternative response.

So, before I risk becoming too bombastic (too late?), how can I tie this up while maintaining at least the minimum of connection to a local community magazine? Suffice to say we are biased – unashamedly so – and so are you. We all are. We present our monthly interpretation of Wanstead, showing all that's good (and sometimes bad, but mostly good) in its community and environs. But there is more to Wanstead than can be encapsulated in 96 pages. More stories that could be told, more art that could be printed and more events that could be listed. Digest our content, look at things differently, and see what version of Wanstead you can find. If it's better than our version, I want to know.