posted on Jun, 21 2008 @ 03:23 PM
reply to post by marg6043
I sincerely agree they must be stopped. But I flatter myself in thinking that a strategy is required that relies more on the dissemination of
knowledge rather than by the tools the the establishment has provided.
The free press was a critical component of the viability of the constitutional republic. In fact, I would go so far as to call it vital to national
security. It is a civilian-controlled, legally protected entity - principally dedicated to the widespread dissemination of the state of affairs to
their readership. Her reporters and editors were as important to the preservation of the "American Dream" as the soldiers who offered their lives
in her defense.
It must have been a fundamental component of diligent citizenship to read the paper, to know what was happening around you - to accept some degree of
'ownership' of the state of your community or the nation - irrespective of ideology, or even class.
Our citizens appear to no longer be inclined to find out what's happening in the country, let alone the world. Many now require
what is going on in their world, and as people are wont to do, they 'consume' information loyally from certain chosen sources. The
press, swayed by the allure of commerce, wealth, and power, joined the those American institutions led by weaker men, those who's principles were
weakest, and began the 'enterprise' of 'control'.
One tool the people must secure is that of the press. Currently, there is a mad dash to control all media by conglomeratists and corporate control
'enterprises', but the press is the key - it's permanence and it's persistence make it a precious commodity. I am hoping a popularly supported
initiative might restore or as least insulate the press from abuse. It would be best to criminalize it's use as a tool of deception but we should at
least establish a public awareness of what the threats are.
I could go on..., but I suspect maybe I've lost my audience by now...