The internet can change what you believe. How so? Advertising persuades, and that can change a person’s thinking about a particular product. If that’s the case, and it is because advertising greases the wheels of commerce, then the internet– with its massive social media and plethora of alt fringe websites that spout seeming nonsense– can change what you believe and how you come to believe it.
No topic is sacred because all topics are available online. Whatever belief system you think you have can be altered, modified, tilted thanks to the pervasive nature of the internet.
What do you believe? How is it structured? How did it begin? How does it evolve?
Belief is the attitude sentient beings have whenever they see something to be the case or regard it as the truth.
See the problem? “Regard it as the truth” forms the basis of a belief system, and whatever we think of truth, some of it can be modified, and that is a change in beliefs.
Let’s take Apple Inc. as an example. Every Apple product has luxurious packaging; relative to competitors. What does that slick and expensive looking packaging do to our belief system?
It tells us Apple is about quality. For some, it may say, “Apple is too expensive.” Either way, senses are being altered, and packaging is form of advertising.
Philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, “belief” does not require active introspection and circumspection.
It is something of a universal belief that the stars will shine at night and the sun will rise in the morning. Likewise, Android smartphones or Windows PCs are less private and secure– in general– than Apple’s iPhones or Macs.
The internet is not just a collection of websites with differing opinions, perspectives, facts, or beliefs. The internet is stew of information; some worthy and beneficial to humankind, much of it leans toward belief changing mode.
Information can be used to educate and persuade and to change beliefs and it can be blatant or subtle.
Beliefs are sometimes divided into core beliefs (that are actively thought about) and dispositional beliefs (that may be ascribed to someone who has not thought about the issue). For example, if asked “do you believe tigers wear pink pajamas?” a person might answer that they do not, despite the fact they may never have thought about this situation before.
Do you believe that iPhones last longer than their Android counterparts? Do you believe a Mac notebook is a better value proposition than a comparably equipped Microsoft Surface notebook?
Do you believe that Tim Cook is a better CEO than Apple co-founder Steve Jobs?
Regardless of which side you choose, how did you reach those conclusions? It is likely you were persuaded by a combination of information, and perhaps some real world experience with Apple products.
Something somewhere shaped those beliefs.