You Are Hired – Welcome To the New Media

There are plenty of bumper stickers prominently posted on the back of vehicles across the United States declaring we should distrust purveyors of information.

“Don’t believe the media.”

“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.”

If you wake up tomorrow and your neighbors are picketing outside your house because you are a member of the new media, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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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Let me know. I’m curious.

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Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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2 Responses to You Are Hired – Welcome To the New Media

  1. What they mean is don’t trust media with which they do not agree?

  2. Great post. It’s all about fact-checking and discernment.

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