Information Allows for Manipulation

Information is an interesting idea. It can be sent, received, intentional, unintentional, twisted, misunderstood, etc. While the sending of information is often intentional–I would tell somebody my favorite color is purple because I want them to know that it is my favorite color–sometimes it is unintentional; sometimes the message is unconsciously sent and received by individuals. For example, say you’re going on a bus and you have your headphones in because you’re listening to your favorite song–you may be unconsciously sending a message to others that says you are unapproachable, as you are choosing to not be a part of the public.

Whether conscious or unconscious, information changes the way people act or perceive things. When somebody finds out new information, it ultimately changes their perspective of the world; in some circumstances, it could even change their life. It could be in a small way: knowing my favorite color is purple may make somebody think of me when they see something purple–or it could be in a large way: if you have your headphones on while riding a bus and unconsciously make yourself look unapproachable, you could unknowingly ruin your chances of meeting somebody who could be a good friend.

It’s also interesting to think that while information can change humans, humans can change the information. It is common for people to manipulate information because they want to express a certain message or create a certain idea in other people’s minds. Even when somebody is not flat-out lying, it is common and well-known that people will give information in a certain tone or with certain words to make it sound better or worse than it actually is.

So, information can change us. But more importantly, the knowledge of that causes humans to manipulate information in order to change others in a certain way.