דמוקרטיה היא שיחה, והתפקיד החשוב ביותר של התקשורת הוא להקל על אותה שיחה של דמוקרטיה. עכשיו השיחה מבוקרת יותר, היא יותר ריכוזית. - אל גור
Wow. Not being a fan of Gore, I'm really surprised and honestly pleased at his message here. I'm actually one of those guys that truly believes that the media עושה נסה להשפיע על הנוף הפוליטי שלנו.
Don't get me wrong… I don't think that the media is a bunch of left-wing nuts in secret phone calls trying to oust Republicans, I simply think that many folks in the media and entertainment landscape have lives that are very different than the rest of us. As a result, their view of the world tends to be different. In addition, the fact that they are well-educated and in a position of outspoken authority, they have a bully-pulpit to sway people's opinions.
Blogging and the Internet is changing that landscape. After subscribing to 2 newspapers for well over a decade, I honestly don't pick it up anymore. I read all of my news online, and read the blogosphere's reaction to the news. More often than not, I am starting to see more news picked up by bloggers than by the newspapers. I think one of the reasons is that blogging eliminates the ‘filtering' of the message.
Ruth's בלוג is a fantastic example of this. Ruth has been released from the bonds of an editor and her blog is smashing its way to the forefront of the Indiana blogging landscape. I love it. After reading Ruth's articles for years, I didn't get to see the passion and flames in her message until she retired and began blogging. Ruth is like the bull that escaped the china shop! I might disagree with her message sometimes, but I can't wait to read her next post.
תקוותי היא שהאינטרנט ימשיך להיות דרך חדשה "להקל על שיחת הדמוקרטיה ההיא". אני מקווה שהוא מספק מגפון לחסרי הקול בעולמנו וכאן בחברה שלנו. מילים בדף הן עוצמתיות באמת ... במיוחד כאשר אינן נשלטות.
יחי חופש הביטוי!