“It’s complicated” isn’t just a cute way to list your relationship status on Facebook, it is actually a way to describe something much more important – the truth.

The truth is important. We all can agree on that. If your best friend suddenly packs their bags and moves to Guam, of course you want to know the truth as to why they left. You, other friends and your best friend’s loved ones will all have different perspectives on what happened. You will all share different encounters of what happened from your unique perspective, and somewhere in the middle of all those stories will be the truth.

I’m belaboring the point and burying my lead here, but what I’m getting at is the complicated process of settling on the truth. Arriving at it has always been difficult. And today, the process of figuring out the truth is more complicated than it has ever been. We are overwhelmed with traditional news, blogs, social media and a multitude of different perspectives everywhere we turn. And when all put together we are left with a confusing, and often misleading, mess of reality. This problem bothers me to no end. It keeps me up at night. How can we de-complicate news consumption?

I think it’s safe to say we have a long way to go in order to answer that question. In the meantime, I’d like to point you all to Mathew Ingram’s GigaOM story, “Journalism and the truth: More complicated than it has ever been before.”

This is a good article examining the influence traditional media has had in defining the truth up until now, positing that the new norm is something far more complicated, and a whole lot more accurate, than it ever was before. In brief, Mathew Ingram insightfully shows how now more than ever not only journalists, but we, the public, are the gatekeepers of the facts.

The truth is always somewhere in the middle. The question is: what is the easiest way for us to get there?