Saturday, October 22, 2016

Media for Peace

How can the use of media, including social media, create a better, more peaceful world?

That may be quite a difficult question for the creators of world peace to answer at present.

Here are a few articles to consider:

From November 2012
Investigative reporting thrives amid gloom and doom for broadsheets

From April 2013
Wikiworld: the future of investigative journalism

From November 2013
Walkley Awards recognise online journalism - it's time we all did

From September 2015
Six easy ways to tell if that story is a hoax 

From October 2016
'Don't feed the trolls' really is good advice - here's the evidence

From October 2016
How investigative journalists are using social media to uncover the truth

From October 2016
How social media is helping Australian journalists uncover stories hidden in plain sight

Here are a few previous experiences in this salon for world peace:

From January 2015
Enlightened leadership

From April 2015
The celebratory essence of world peace

From August 2015
A global gathering for peaceful leadership

From October 2015
Journalism for peace

From October 2015
Can real art save the world?

From November 2015
Observer status at the Enlightened Nations

From November 2015
Creating world peace

From November 2015
From the West to enlightenment

From June 2016
Overcoming egocentrism

From June 2016
How to transcend conflict justifiable and resolve it through peaceful arts

From July 2016
A brief retreat

From August 2016
Census processes, birthdays and peace

From August 2016
Mental health and peace

From August 2016
The beginning of the digital Twaklinesque Festival of Peace

The main difficulty, in any society, is that unenlightened leaders have lost touch with nature, and with the public.  Unenlightened leaders regard nature as an enemy to be fought rather than a friend worthy of respect.

The fact that unenlightened leaders also fail to stay adequately in touch with society is another matter entirely.   It usually occurs when unenlightened managers of media fail to provide the suitable connections.

At the same time, human nature is often misunderstood and disrespected, and not just by persons in positions of leadership.  The most extreme forms of violence and corruption occur whenever ordinary mortals fail to understand themselves and the world around them.  Unenlightened persons, including unenlightened leaders, usually lack insight.

Media for peace will supply the insights required.

Media for peace will help people to understand themselves, each other and the wider world.

Media for peace will provide the understanding and the respect and the leadership.

Media for peace will provide the accountability necessary to prevent all forms of violence and corruption.

Media for peace will report on nature and culture with accuracy.

Media for peace will uphold the principles of enlightened democracies.

Media for peace will supply suitable training for citizen-journalists.

Populations must decide for themselves on the qualities they wish their cultural and political leaders to express.  No-one should tolerate impertinence.  Yet members of the public frequently fail to convey their democratic desires with the eloquence required.

As far as I have managed to ascertain, most members of the public usually only need an indication that their leaders are acting responsibly and competently on their behalf.  Reasonable members of the public additionally have a tendency to require their leaders to provide guidance on how natural disasters can be prevented.  The necessary expertise is usually available to good leaders, either directly or indirectly.