Fact or Truth or Fiction or Opinion?
You know, I love all the mind readers who predict what is going to happen in the next year. I appreciate their comments but only time will tell. I bet I won’t see postings about – ‘oops, I was wrong on that one’ rolling around the next year.
Close to that subject, I am beginning to doubt the sanity of anyone who relies on predictions and statistics (including myself). I recently read an article about the predictions for growth of IoT with the subject that monetary value associated with future growth were way off base and could never be achieved, despite analysts and journalists assumptions. I found this irritating. As an off again, on again writer, I do use statistics, and if I don’t state the source I get emails, sometimes rather nasty, on who said what I quoted. On the opposite side of the same coin, what is written (I should say stated) is often just plain wrong. Yet, people believe if you have a reliable source, well then it must be correct.
It comes down to fact and truth. Facts are not discovered, facts are not created, facts are simply acknowledged. Truth on the other hand, is almost the opposite. Truths are those things that are not simply acknowledged, but must be discovered, or created. So there’s the dilemma, people want to read the quotes, and requote them, but they are using quotes that either you or I could have just made up. That doesn’t seem to matter. They will call them true or factual, but don’t draw the distinctive line in the sand what they are exactly as the two words mean different things. I find this perplexing, but I can only attribute it to human nature, that people will believe what they want to believe.
I won’t even get into opinion and just plain ole’ fiction. Does the use of quotes, statistics, predictions, sway what you think? Is an article more believable because it has quotes? My view, unfortunately it is. It doesn’t matter if it is a fact or a truth. What do you think?