It’s no secret that media organizations have a tendency to take things out of context from time to time.
In fact, arguably it’s human nature to take things out of context when we’re not presented with all of the facts or harbor preconceived notions. But verbal context means everything — especially in a digital age where a misguided tweet acts as a social bomb and pr fails take on viral backlashes.
If content truly is king, then context reigns supreme.
And context is based on interpretation. It influences the way we understand everything. But, before we take anything too personally — could we be better served to take a closer look at the facts?
If You’ve Got a Business, Did You Build It?
Is Obama giving small businesses the credit they deserve?
Recently, small business owners (myself included) were left wondering …?
The lingering question for many is “Did President Obama really say, ‘If You’ve Got a Business, You Didn’t Build That’?” This debate was prompted by Obama’s speech during a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday.
And while he did in fact say it, the full context is an afterthought for some.
President Obama’s statement (in full context) asserts:
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.” Read more
However, if I was to take one section out of the larger text, it would appear as though the condensed phrase is saying something totally different from what the author or speaker actually intended.
As Fox News contributor Sally Kohn asserts, “The president was clear: We succeed because of our individual initiative but also because of the public investments that help springboard that success. Don’t believe me? Then go start a business in Pakistan or Russia. American entrepreneurs succeed in part because they’re in America.”