Media and the divide of harm
That which goes between us is our media.
Colin Stokes asks us: Are we served by our media? He asks us: Are the movies we watch skewing the functions of our roles?
Here is Anne Summers aproaching the question from a broader outlook, but a narrower focus of intention:
But can we draw back further and discern broader implications?
If this is all true and that which is between us "media" is skewd from our benefit - what is the gap? What is it we are missing? We percieve harm, but what exactly is this harm?
I will lay down 2 ways to approach these questions:
1. Our world views consist of personal experience, and the report of the experience of others. That which we accept in report is assumption - untested, and yet we accept it as if seen by our own eyes. Here is one gap - can we truly separate our own experience from false artifacts in our media? If we can - are we training ourselves and our children to make thesse distinctions?
2. The deficit between Broadcast and Transactional media. In all broadcast media, there is only one active participant - the broadcaster. The reciever is entirely passive - In theatre we call this the "suspension of disbelief" - the material of the broadcast is taken as reality, and yet it is rarely tested. In transactional media, each participant mediates passivity by questioning - are we losing the art of the question?
I argue that the underlying principle goes before modern forms such as movies and internet. I argue that the absurdity of our broadcast-propagandised diet has its seeds well into the past - that it arises from an far older harm which is perpetuated in our media.
I name that harm violence. And I place it squarely at the door of the alpha male - and his ultimate form: the psychopath.
Here is Sapolski revealing the violent patriarchal culture of baboons, and the alternative matriarchal culture of baboons:
Can we learn from this?