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How are distinctions made between factual reporting, interpretation and distortion ?

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How are distinctions made between factual reporting, interpretation and distortion ? Society's interpretation of factual reporting on newspapers, magazines, slogans, commercials, speeches and everyday-life conversations can be very different from the actual meaning. This is why interpretation is described to be the particular way in which something is understood or explained. Depending on the purpose of the given messages, the factual reporting can sometimes be distorted , so as to change the truth of the subject. Therefore, the meaning of distortion is a change of facts or ideas so they are no longer correct or true. Factual reporting can be objective, neutral or subjective. Nowadays, these three terms are put into practice very frequently in the different areas of knowledge, such as media, ethics, arts... When the facts are not changed in any way and the outcome reflects the truth and real value of the story, then it is considered to be objective facts. The opposite of this it is subjective factual reporting that happens when the facts are changed in order to give a different idea so as to take people's attention more easily. ...read more.


Perhaps, one person is able to perceive the message given in the painting, and the emotional state of the artist when the picture was painted, and the other person can reach different conclusions. A more concrete example could be found in the movement of impressionism in arts, which had the characteristic to express the interpretation of objects, situations or scenery which the painter had on the artistic work. This examples emphasises how each individual's interpretation is different form one another. Commercial distortion is very common in today's society. The majority of the population of a country watches television or reads magazines in its leisure time. Through these sources of media, most of the products are advertised in such a way that they sell an idea in order to motivate people to buy the product. For instance, a television commercial of a mobile phone with a certain server, such as Amena*, sells the idea of freedom and commodity instead of selling the product itself. ...read more.


In this example, the factual reporting can be considered to be subjective. These two ways of communicating current issues to the population of a country would be different if the actual facts would be shown and expressed correctly, so as to give real information of the issue and not let misunderstandings take place. This would have to be done by not allowing politicians or the media people use distortion of images, words, or important messages. However, this would not benefit the people making the distortions because the audience would interpret in such ways that could create a loss of sympathisers with the political part and future buyers of the announced product. I believe that most of the messages which people receive are in some way distorted in order to transmit a different idea. This is done to benefit certain people, and to get the best results out of that distortion. The distortions are not always negative, they cam also be positive ( like sometimes in arts). However, these distortions can be interpreted in several ways causing misunderstandings and big arguments that lead to problems. ...read more.

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