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Mitch SMith


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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?


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  • Feb 18 2013: I don't think that many people believed anything they watch and hear from the media. Because I don't really believed everything I watch and hear from the media, although the media has long been a powerful tool for communication and issues.

    The newspaper has been in existence longer than others (television and radio) and still is one of the most trusted and used in decision making. The media plays an important role in communication and issues facing the community, state, and notion. The newspaper is often thought of as the best resource for tangible, detailed information about the local, state and issues.

    Sometimes, newspapers try to present a balance of news and viewpoints so that readers can make decisions based on reason, rather than on emotion. Though some readers believe that a newspaper continually shows favoritism, the daily reader of the newspaper will discover a balance in the presentation of information. Reading one day’s edition may seem to result in many stories or issue, but the next day’s newspaper may carry more news and opinion.

    Balance is achieved over a period of time, not necessarily in one edition; therefore, it is wise to read the newspaper every day to receive a balance of news and opinion.
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      Feb 19 2013: Now stop thinking about an elephant?

      You see, I just put an elephant in your mind and you can't resist it.

      Now tell me about the balance of broadcast media ;)

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