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drewkool
19-10-2006, 01:06 PM
I supposed as of today, the people are pretty lucky to have Internet accessing information from all angles.

Looking back in 10 - 20yrs time, people read/listen/follow from materials ruled by the 'leaders'. Pityful.

However, as I see it today, blogs & internet published journal have certain rules to be followed. How far can it go on influencing the people with tight control? How many can it reach to the people if plenty still not making full use of Internet sources?

Time to wake up from bed & start browsing for new blogs? Political blogs are sensitive & dangerous, but how sensitive & dangerous? Many don't know, I don't know, BUT i wish to Know the consequences. Anyone can share?

Ullas Sahadevan
19-10-2006, 09:49 PM
I think what blogs/forums and the likes have provided a platform for people like you and me to voice their opinions/concerns and reach a mass audience. I wouldn't have imagined this happen a few years back where primarily mediums like television, radio and newspapers were the embodiment of everything that is to be known, seen and heard.

Stealing a line from a popular news network, we can rightly say that the truth is no longer in black and white but in various shades of gray (you, me and millions of others who feel differently about something and have an opinion) :) Now, what that could mean is a very informed public/citizen on the street, but at the same time it could scare the pants out of the control freaks! :D

AllUrban
20-10-2006, 10:23 AM
Thats very correct

Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of people have just turned to the internet for entertainment and fulfillment, rather than getting actively involved in their communities.

Sadly, I could count on one hand the number of my students who know about things that are going on in the world, or read the newspapers regularly, or have written to the newspapers.

In the world issues class Im responsible for, the first thing the students learn about is how to understand different ways of seeing issues. The second thing that they learn about is the influence of the media. We talk about politics, politcal consent, corporatization of the media, and the idea of the media as the 5th estate (supposedly the "watchdog" but not always), the beauty myth, etc.

I always begin the unit on the media by pointing them to the news media and show them my letters...and invite them to think about what is really going on in the world...I even tell them about how participation in Civil society is very important, but only 20% of people in a society even car about issues. The rest just want the basics of life...bread and circuses.

The last thing the students learn about about in the course is geopolitics, power, and again media. They learn about the increasing corporatization of society and increasing levels of security-related thinking in the world (e.g. the PM of Malaysia calling himself the "CEO of Malaysia" and new concepts of "energy security," "food security," and "water security").

Cheers, m