How many wrongs make a right? part 2
Posted by worriedlebanese on 11/07/2008
What kind of cumulative effect can inaccurate, flawed, biased information have on the long run?
The first effect, I believe, is very simple. It cristallises a certain approach, a certain way of framing events (as Baruch Kimmerling would have put it). This is quite obvious with the anti-communal bias one finds in Lebanon. Even though it gives you a very distorted view of Lebanese history and politics, this view is very robust and dominant, and it’s very hard to work outside it.
The second effect is even more perverse. When the approach is dominant and robust, it works like a self-fulfilling prophecy because it changes the perception political actors have of themselves and the political game they’re in, and they start acting accordingly.