One of the downsides of living in the media age is the fact that there are too many voices in the echo chamber. Many of these voices are people who are not informed on the subjects that they are speaking about. Worse yet, some of these voices have presences in the media and are in a position to offer “advice” and “guidance” on complicated subjects that plays to peoples’ fears, guilt, and shame.
We see this phenomenon sometimes when we meet with distressed and anxious people for the first time. Some people have been listening to information peddled by media financial celebrities who are selling books, audio products, or “financial advice.” Sometimes people have been listening to rumors from random friends and acquaintances.