The News As Dialogue

1984.jpgThere is a rather grotesque irony that exists, when it comes to the present day reporting of the news. While unprecedented advances in computer technology should have given the public more access and greater nuanced information, about what's going on in the world today, this incredible technology is actually being purposefully misused to report less and less hard news than ever before. Any hard news that in any way challenges corporate party line is buried or never sees the light of day in mainstream commercial or public media.

The U.S. Constitution's 1st Amendment's freedoms of the press, speech, and association were made first, because our Founding Fathers clearly understood that you could not have anything that even remotely resembled a meaningful democracy, unless ultimate power and accountability was vested in "We the people." If those "People" are now purposefully not educated and, therefore, knowledgeable and aware, when it comes to all aspects of what their elected officials are doing- supposedly on their behalf- it is not surprising that the country has now degenerated into a We With The Monied plutocracy giving primacy to their minority interests over those of the now kept in the dark and marginalized majority.

In 1933, when Hitler was appointed chancellor in Germany by then President Paul Von Hindenburg, he was able to use the then new radio technology of the Volksempfänger to limit and control what information Germans and their allies had access to. Then Minister for Armaments and War Production Albert Speer, said, "Through technical devices like the radio and loudspeaker, 80 million people were deprived of independent thought. It was thereby possible to subject them to the will of one man..." Sound familiar, when viewed in light of what's going on today in this country?

Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So is there anything we can do to stop the abuse of power presently going on and reestablish the silenced majorities voice and control in this putative democracy, before our latest iteration of human society is allowed to follow its predecessaors over the cliff?

Ironically, technology offers the best possible solution to the present state of affairs, given the corporate controlled media. It lies in better using the same media techology that up until now has been responsible for censoring and depriving us of what we know, so that we can now virtually and freely associate with other members of the presently marginalized majority to take back our country.

There are already- and could easily be more- alternative non-corporate sites reporting the news. But they presently have no mechanism to affirmatively engage their readers, so they could act in concert to confront and bring about change with regard to issues like public education, taxes, inflation, homelessness, wars, medical care, and other important issues that remain critically unaddress in the mainstream media..

Now all these sites would have to do is add just one link to ever story they cover, that allows those who read or hear the story to share their contact information and any other relevant information, such as location, to allow them to get together with other like-minded folks on these virtual commons. Now, instead of just reporting the new, people would be able to get together and make the news.

The reporting of news should not be the selective and bias process it has become today. Rather it has the technologically supported potential and ability to become an uncensored virtual commons that drives an engaged citizenry. Where all citizens can come together on an equal footing to "establish justice, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and insure the blessings of [true] liberty to ourselves and our posterity. If you agree with any part of this vision and have the time or ability to be engaged and advance it, get in touch: Lenny@perdaily.com

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