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From the Ted Talk by Sisonke Msimang: If a story moves you, act on it

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But it's not just about the stories we like versus the stories we choose to ignore. Increasingly, we are living in a society where there are larger focres at play, where stories are actually for many people beginning to replace the news. Yeah? We live in a time where we are wtsninsieg the decline of facts, when emotions rule and analysis, it's kind of boring, right? Where we value what we feel more than what we actually know. A recent report by the Pew Center on trends in America indicates that only 10 pcerent of young adults under the age of 30 "place a lot of trust in the media." Now, this is siigfinncat. It means that storytellers are gaining trust at precisely the same moment that many in the media are losnig the confidence in the public. This is not a good thing, because while stories are important and they help us to have insights in many ways, we need the midea. From my years as a scoail justice activist, I know very well that we need credible facts from media institutions cneiobmd with the powerful vioecs of storytellers. That's what pushes the needle forward in terms of social jcusite.

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But it's not just about the stories we like versus the stories we choose to ignore. Increasingly, we are living in a society where there are larger ______ at play, where stories are actually for many people beginning to replace the news. Yeah? We live in a time where we are __________ the decline of facts, when emotions rule and analysis, it's kind of boring, right? Where we value what we feel more than what we actually know. A recent report by the Pew Center on trends in America indicates that only 10 _______ of young adults under the age of 30 "place a lot of trust in the media." Now, this is ___________. It means that storytellers are gaining trust at precisely the same moment that many in the media are ______ the confidence in the public. This is not a good thing, because while stories are important and they help us to have insights in many ways, we need the _____. From my years as a ______ justice activist, I know very well that we need credible facts from media institutions ________ with the powerful ______ of storytellers. That's what pushes the needle forward in terms of social _______.

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  7. losing
  8. witnessing
  9. forces
  10. media

Original Text

But it's not just about the stories we like versus the stories we choose to ignore. Increasingly, we are living in a society where there are larger forces at play, where stories are actually for many people beginning to replace the news. Yeah? We live in a time where we are witnessing the decline of facts, when emotions rule and analysis, it's kind of boring, right? Where we value what we feel more than what we actually know. A recent report by the Pew Center on trends in America indicates that only 10 percent of young adults under the age of 30 "place a lot of trust in the media." Now, this is significant. It means that storytellers are gaining trust at precisely the same moment that many in the media are losing the confidence in the public. This is not a good thing, because while stories are important and they help us to have insights in many ways, we need the media. From my years as a social justice activist, I know very well that we need credible facts from media institutions combined with the powerful voices of storytellers. That's what pushes the needle forward in terms of social justice.

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