Political power is a big deal, but [media] power is a bigger deal. At least the politicians are accountable to the voters. Those who write the editorials and those who write the columns, they simply are unaccountable. They’re free to impose their cultural politics in the name of freedom of the press….
Oh my God, Jesse Jackson just said something fucking BRILLIANT right there.
Think about this for a moment. If there’s a bad politician, you can vote against her in the next election. If you don’t like a political party’s principles, you vote against their candidates.
What do you do about bad media?
I’ll tell you what. How about not reading/watching/listening to it? How about complaining (constructively) to the editors, station managers, etc? How about demanding better? How about saying: you’re not giving us the information we want and need to be better citizens. How about leading the political conversation instead of allowing someone else to set the agenda?
I can say so much more on this, but it’ll have to be done in a longer post on another day. The bottom line is: DO NOT be passive receivers of shitty media. Say something. Do something. Don’t just sit there and take it.
UPDATE: Not surprisingly, Jesse Jackson didn’t exactly come up with this idea on his own. If the comment here by “knowbuddee” is accurate, Malcom X was concerned with it as well, because he said this:
The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
Accurate? What say you, dear reader?