“Because today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, what is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms.
I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power.
They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”
― Philip K. Dick
If my blogs and papers were written using an assertive tone, if I used to push imperative advice and straight forward ideas, if … I am pretty sure I would had a larger audience, and that is a relief it is not the case, as I would feel so not myself!
What would it take to news networks, medias, and social forums to advocate for social good, what would it take to public opinion to read and listen to positive news at least once every 24 hours! Could they for once in a while turn these many deaths from statistics to tragedies and seek how to prevent such to happen?
Don’t we have enough of covering the wars, deaths, destruction just for the wars, deaths and destruction? Someone told me one day it was a necessity to cover and expose publicly such horrors and stop hiding ourselves from the reality! Yes, maybe! But is that our own reality? Is human kind meant only for that?
We live in a world of many contradictions. Since our first steps in life we are cared for, taught and educated to good, to live well, enjoy family and receive from our parents and caretakers all the love, the attention that can exist. Going to school, among other benefits, we start learning to meet with other people than mom and dad, we learn how to cope with our school friends, some will remain our friend from childhood, and the many will remain in the backyard of our memories if not forgotten, but they will remain people we met sometime during our lives. Schooling years also teach us to become good students, the education model aims to make us become the future good citizens. At the end of our school path we are supposedly fit for the world, get a job, settle down, and of course make a good life, in other words fulfill our dreams.
How confusing it could be to the minds of people to expect attaining such humanistic goals when at the same time they are exposed to the daily horrors of wars, killings and desperation of other people! What kind of model will they follow?
Something is wrong! Something is very wrong! I do not need to summarize what is happening in the world, not only in countries far from ours, but in our own schools, our neighbourhoods, our own communities.
Do not take me wrong, hiding such news is not my intention, but covering such events in a different manner is – at least to my opinion – what we are badly missing! What would it take to make that effort instead of falling into the scoopmania? How much percent does a national network cover good or positive events? I do not have the number but I doubt someone would ever venture to say there is a noticeable one!
Keeping people on alert through negative and horror stories will impact their daily life, it is not rocket science to note how individualistic we became: advertisement, consuming strategies, wellbeing promises, mostly address the individual instead of people in general. If people are free to choose they absolutely need to know what they can choose from, don’t you agree?
Medias have a responsibility towards their audience that is to provide trusted information, on the other hand, outstanding media have a greater responsibility that is to promote what people strive for! People have a responsibility too, that is to follow the media that will respect and provide what it takes to make the right choice of opinion!
Until our next chat,
Michel – June 29, 2015