It’s now published on the internet so it must be true. Right?
The truth is that I’ve been to France once over a decade ago. The truth is that my picture has been used in the promotional materials for a few different organizations and events. That’s basically the same thing right? Bonjour!
I promise my car insurance provider’s commercial marketing talent (if you don’t know what I’m talking about please click the link above) actually relates to what I’m trying to share.
Just because something is published on the internet does not mean it’s actually true. When I am reading a blog I try to remember that the writer is sharing a story. The story is often only told from one perspective, and the writer has only shared the part of the story that they want me to know (see Bob’s post on topic).
I know this to be true because I do the same thing. When I am not thrilled with the way I look, my pictures are cropped a little bit tighter. That picture above? It’s from 2011. I might post a picture about a lab appointment, but leave out the explanation about why the doctor wanted 13 vials of blood if I’m not ready to tell that story.
Along with considering what part of the story to share, there is also the thought of the reason for sharing it. Why did State Farm make a commercial mocking the internet? It’s probably because of the rise in internet based insurance providers. They are (not so) subtly reminding their consumers that the offers found on the internet might not be as good as they sound and that the State Farm agents are still valuable.
When I found out about a tape that made my Dexcom sensors stick better, I shared it because I wanted to help other people get a longer sensor life. When I share a picture of a frustrating Dexcom graph or the story of a middle of the night low, it’s usually because I want to feel the support of the community or I need some advice. When I posted yesterday about accommodations it was because I feel they so important to life with diabetes and there were concerns about incorrect or ill-advised information being circulated. When I finally add my contribution to the Strip Safely campaign, it will be because I believe we need a better method to ensure that the test strips that are on the market are accurate.
When I watch the news on TV or read a news website like CNN or NPR I try to remember there is a reporting bias, even if that organization suggests that they are objective. There are parent companies, commercial sponsors, ads requiring site views and clicks, and ultimately bills to be paid.
I’m trying to do my best to tell my story, but I can’t promise I’m always going to tell every word. I’m just trying to remind myself that no one else is either.