Chantelle Prince

Geraldton, Australia

About Chantelle

I'm passionate about

sustainability, democracy, social change, children

Comments & conversations

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Chantelle Prince
Posted over 4 years ago
Reinventing government - what would it look like?
Perhaps we could start with a list of basic priorities? If current governments gave thier list of priorities (backed up by facts), imagine what that would look like! The internet, while it can be used as a tool, is not trully democratic as some of us have much greater access to it than others, thus it should not be relied on too heavily. Democracy is not healthy unless dissent is welcome and the media are accountable for misleading the people as they currently do. I actually began a MA in Journalism and quit in disgust; they are taught to misrepresent the truth even as they discuss ethics! Polititians should be accountable for thier actions, for example, if they lead the country into a war against the wishes of the majority of the people, leading to many deaths, they should go to jail like any other thug!
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Chantelle Prince
Posted over 4 years ago
Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?
We could measure achievement in terms of what we have done for others, without neglecting ourselves; take pride in spreading happiness, honesty, being generous with those who need it, inspiring others, assisting in efforts towards sustainability, bringing up our children with love, anything which leaves the world a little better off. To take pride in material wealth ignores the fact that it is at the expence of others, for example, in thier ecological footprint, for all people to consume as does the typical Australian we would need 5 Earths. Big houses and cars, etc. result in more global warming and other environmental degradation. Usually the means of aquiring that wealth is also unsustainable and increases the gap between rich and poor. Also, I agree that personal development, especially in overcoming obstacles which can be defeating or damaging to your personal development, is a measure of success. Someone who has endured much cruelty (especially if as a child) is damaged, yet many such victims become kind, caring individuals, that is an achievement. Achievement must take into account anything which gets in the way of its fulfillment.
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Chantelle Prince
Posted over 4 years ago
What do you want from the news?
I want the unbiased truth. Media pros are taught to give priority to the voices of authority over any other wittness. I have seen firsthand how they even fail to tell the truth when they themselves have not only seen it but filmed it; instead they let the police commissioners lies tell the story. The people are not heard, even in democratic nations like Australia. Media often make a point of giving both sides to story, but they dont tell us when the number of "experts" of a given opinion are rediculously outnumbered by experts against it. Thus, the arguement is weighted in favour of what is probably wrong. The choice of which stories to air/print/etc. and how much prominence is and always has been weighted in favour of people like "us". A story about 1 white westerner, is given prominence over 1000 or more black foriegners. If we look at the news and take it as reality we would assume that young people attack old people frequently and rarely does any youngster get hurt by any but another youngster. This is so far from reality and it serves no-one but the media (it sells), for example, 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics) usually by an adult family member. The media have a lot to answer for. I would like to see more journos and editors with a concience.