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Are We Putting Too Much Faith in Video?

What you see isn't all you get.
Are We Putting Too Much Faith in Video?
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I keep seeing people share major news stories with this directive: You have to watch the video.

Dashboard camera footage depicts Sandra Bland’s arrest during a traffic stop, days before she died in a Texas jail. Her confrontation with the officer, who forced her out of her car and held her to the ground, is the latest in a string of incidents caught on tape that raise concern over police treatment of black suspects.

In a series of videos targeting Planned Parenthood, undercover pro-life activists ask employees about how they recover and distribute fetal tissue for research. Like LiveAction’s videos of girls posing as potential clients at clinics, these clips represent 21st-century efforts to expose the abortion giant through the Internet.

Easy to take and share—and hard to argue with—digital videos have become a significant force in today’s fight for social justice. As journalism doctoral student Kimberly Davis writes for ThinkChristian, media have ...

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