There are plenty of bumper stickers prominently posted on the back of vehicles across the United States declaring we should distrust purveyors of information.
“Kill your Television.”
This is all good and well. But there is an obvious point these media-phobics have not addressed: WE ARE ALL THE MEDIA!
The internet has made us all publishers and members of the new media.
Do you have a Twitter account, or Facebook, or run a blog or a website? Then you are publishing information, no matter how trivial or personal. Even placing a bumper sticker on your car makes your vehicle mediated. A sticker transforms your ride into a message billboard, or, in other words, a traveling piece of the media.
In this speed-of-light world where information is disseminated as fast as it is created, we are all broadcasting information and content. Distrusting the media means you must live in fear of your neighbors, of your school board, of people with cell phones, and of yourself.
There is a more responsible message that we could spread. Instead of saying “Distrust All Forms of Media,” we could actually say “Let’s raise our ability to apply common sense and critical thinking skills to these major issues all humanity faces.”
Then we would not have to spread the messages of distrust. The idea of seeking proof would be inside each of us. We could put our knee-jerk reactions aside, learn to seek what is real, and then live as one with what people call “The Media.”
Just make sure your neighbors don’t produce any web videos of their protest, or soon, they must protest themselves.
Talk about post-modern dilemmas.
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