Just as the Supersede of Credibility through the Prerogative of Popularity
Plato, the Athenian philosopher, said once- “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” It serves as the fundamental tool to sway human life in any direction, be it for oneself and others.
We, as individuals, strive to find the best way to live based on our perception of our everyday surroundings, then decide on what is best for us by which we should live. Once we do, we take it upon ourselves to persuade others to do the same because the opinion is an obsolete obstinacy in maintaining a belief (Also referred to as operativeness; conceitedness).
And- while the idea in the form of a classic or ultimate viewpoint about something. In other words, opinion is a belief that a person has formed about a topic or issue, while the idea is a philosophy around a given thing. The opinion is about particular actuality about something, yet the idea is seen as imperfect approximations.
Transferring or sharing an idea is typically inspired by a selfish human trait of persuading others to do the same. The latter intent frequently is rationalized through collective conscience or humanity, yet not too uncommon may be coupled with other intentions, not so humanistic.
The Art of Persuasion
Persuasion is the exploit of urging someone to change their opinions or do something we suggest. Being persuasive is frail art. To convey our “opinion” and “idea,” we must be able to persuade others. Thus, we can do this in many ways, such as proof of concept, rhetoric, and establishing popularity.
To understand the art of persuasion, we must preeminently concede the broader definition of art. That is something that pertains to both a process and product that derives a strong emotional response. It is intellectually challenging yet sophisticated and comprehensible.
If we expect someone to be persuaded by us, then our message must also convey originality and complex messages and Show an individual point of view. The art of persuasion should, at some point, produce an object or performance that requires a high degree of skillset.
The Idea and Opinion for Betterment of Life
We must realize opinions and ideas in the broad spectrum of senses and avoid falling into the trap of tunnel vision by assuming that every argument is meant to be healthy. Because opinion and ideas are invariably built in all of us based on the chain of social influencers, which are not necessarily adopted employing unprejudiced credibility or what I also refer to as popularity.
To turn the opinion or an idea into usage, we must first Conceptualize the process of ideology by defining such statements in the form of abstract or general notions that occur in our mind, in our speech, or within thought. The formation of a concept is the fundamental building block of ideas and beliefs, hence playing an essential role in all aspects of our cognition.
The concept shall Actualize through Action, only if Credible or Popular.
Every concept necessitates being credible if deemed to be practical or adaptable by others. That is merely accomplished through logical reasoning. Of course, not everyone’s reason and logic will attract everyone, as credibility among the listeners plays a significant role in espousing a particular opinion at a given time and place. That is where the art of persuasion theatres a considerable part unless- the source of thought or idea is highly respected within society.
Apart from the art of persuasion, how we accept a given opinion may be based on the popularity or credibility of the source, the latter of which may or may not be credible by itself. For instance- a TV celebrity with no particular leadership experience may run for the presidency of a country only because they have built a strong public rapport amongst their fans.
On the other hand, someone who may be a perfect candidate to run for office does not succeed because they fail to persuade the constituents. Those, as mentioned earlier, often can achieve that through the creation of credibility.
Credibility constitutes the objective and subjective elements of the believability of a source or message. Credibility dates back to Aristotle’s theory of Rhetoric, which defines rhetoric as the ability to see what mayhap win in all scenarios.
On the other hand, popularity is how much a person, idea, place, object, or different concept is liked or agreed with by other people. Liking can be due to mutual linking, interpersonal magnetism, and similar factors.
Social standing can be due to domination, preeminence, and related factors. For instance, a kind person may be admitted amiable and further popular than another individual. A wealthy person may be well-thought-out superior and, consequently, more popular than another person.
Even though credibility and popularity are utterly different phenomena, nonetheless not infrequently and conveniently, people do tumble into the deception of making a decision based on how they relate to the source of the opinion rather than objective and subjective elements of the believability of a cause.
The two basic types of interpersonal popularities stand for the perceived and sociometric popularity. The perceived popularity is measured by asking people who are the most widespread or socially essential persons in their social group.
In contrast, Sociometric popularity is ranked by objectively measuring the number of connections a person has to others in the crowd. A person can have a high perceived reputation without having a high sociometric reputation and vice versa.
Proof of Concept Amid or Beyond Popularity and Credibility
Once a person establishes some form of credibility or popularity within their surrounding realm, they can transfer any opinion with little additional effort.
That is irrespective of the validity of the concept being conveyed. Devoid of either mentioned privileges, the holder of the opinion must prove self to the listeners, which, too, requires the exercise of the art of persuasion.
A persuasive person can buy popularity, but real credibility can never be acquired through the art of seduction.
Proof of concept also is an independent factor of assent of opinion. Nevertheless, it falls short if the listeners and validators of the given idea show bias and prejudice towards the opinion agent. Hence, the proof of concept is as credible as its validators.
Similarly, it is the state of objective and subjective elements of the believability of a source. Considering the common flaws associated with proof of concept, utilizing pure common sense is the least of the flowed prone solutions.
Common Sense- a Perfect Solution for the Active Listener
If used fittingly, common sense is the epitome of utter rational judgment concerning everyday circumstances or an essential ability to perceive, understand, and judge that ordinary people share.
Some believe that relying on common sense prompts a person to make poor judgments. This point of view proceeding common sense is based on the fact that it falls prey to the apparent limits of personal experience. Or- the person doesn’t have any actual expertise over a matter and relies simply on what they believe to be accurate or has been told is true, what we might label “faith-based sense.”
Although this may be true in building common sense on non-educated grounds, common sense can be a potent tool if used in conjunction with specific knowledge and education.
Almost every decision-making instrument we use day in and day out is an imperfect one. They all require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, while doubt is always the phenomenon that prohibits us from making the right decision. Hence the proof of concept is still best achieved via taking into account the credibility, popularity of the opinion holder, listener’s common sense, and the objective and subjective attitude of the players in the communication process.
Unfortunately, not everyone follows the above rules and often defaults on placing their judgment on mere popularity.
Popularity is the Risky Cousin of Credibility
Popularity is a desirable human trait. It can be instrumental; however, not always, there is goodness in its upshot. Some personalities are famous because they are merely amiable, as their rivals like them, trust their opinion, and want to be with them.
Others are popular because they somehow gain a certain rank and use that potential to influence others. Since they may or may not hold the necessary credibility, their peers do not uncommonly overlook and accept everything the famous person has to offer.
Most of the followers even assume the originator of the opinion as one hundred percent credible just because they are likable. Such a scenario lays down the foundation for future collapse and regrets.
Popularity Strives on the People’s Reward Center
Popularity is the impetus for persuasion and vice versa, and it represents a stimulus to our reward center. But once established, the convenience of being favored or persuasive. We use it as a shortcut to place lesser effort on looking for the “true credibility” or be a “credible Source.”
Today, with all the necessary tools comprising strategic marketing, social media campaigns, Artificial intelligent backed technologies, the proof of concept beyond reasonable doubt has made popularity override and or conceal the value of real credibility. And all enhanced by the power of money. Nonetheless, one thing that still maintains its full potential today is the utility of knowledge-based common sense.
I must say once again-
“We are living at a time when proof beyond reasonable doubt has captivated the conventional sense, just as publicity — the credibility.”