Why do we need to Avoid watching too much breaking news & panel discussions on Indian TV news channels nowadays!? Because, they all follow Zohnerism !!
What is this notorious concept of Zohnerism?
Zohnerism – is all about twisting simple facts to confuse people!
In 1997, 14 year old Nathan Zohner presented his science fair project to his classmates, seeking to ban a highly toxic chemical from its everyday use. The chemical in question? Dihydrogen monoxide.
Throughout his presentation, Zohner provided his audience scientifically correct evidence as to why this chemical should be banned.
He explained that dihydrogen monoxide:
- Causes severe burns while it’s in gas form.
- Corrodes and rusts metal.
- Kills countless amounts of people annually.
- Is commonly found in tumors, acid rain etc.
- Causes excessive urination and bloating if consumed.
And this occurs a lot more often than you think, especially when politicians, conspiracy theorists, etc., use proven facts to persuade people into believing false claims. Now relate this to all the clutter that you see and hear on breaking news and panel discussions on a daily basis especially on TV channels.
The perilous fact is that people can be misled and misled so easily that it is amazingly unsettling.
Here I remember a story of a Donkey:
A donkey was tied to a tree. One night a ghost cut the rope and released the donkey. The donkey went and destroyed the crops in a farmer’s land. Infuriated, the farmer’s wife shot the donkey and killed it. The donkey’s owner was devastated at the loss. In reply, he shot dead the farmer’s wife. Angered by his wife’s death, the farmer took a sickle and killed the donkey’s owner. The wife of the donkey’s owner got so angry that she and her sons set the farmer’s house on fire. The farmer, looking at his house turned into ashes, went ahead and killed both the wife and children of that donkey’s owner.