Monday, April 17, 2006
Can exposure really make a difference?
(Not that kind of exposure)
For more years than I can remember, I’ve written and spoken about the importance of “getting the message out there.” If only the huddled masses could get something more than a steady diet of corporate propaganda...so the story goes. For example, I’ve often contemplated Ralph Nader doing his thing in the presidential debates. What a wake-up call that would be, right? Well, not so fast.
Over the past 12-15 months, both Ward Churchill and William Blum have unexpectedly been thrust into mainstream consciousness: Ward all over Fox News and Blum interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, etc....who knew?
All this lefty exposure has taken place during a time of electoral fraud, blatant lies leading to war crimes, the abandonment of New Orleans, and many more events that could theoretically lead “Average Joe” to question our (sic) system. Thus, in what seems like an ideal climate for spreading the word (as it were), I’m looking around for any indication that this recent exposure to Churchill, Blum, and their ideas is having a palpable effect. Do we have more progressive perspectives on TV? A growing, broader-based movement for peace and justice? Media types now seeking out alternative sources? No. No. No.
So, here’s the question I’m posing to visitors here (for an article I plan to write): Does/Can exposure to progressive/radical ideas really make a difference?
Post your thoughts in the comments section…
Michele and I are leaving later today and will be away visiting family for a week. My mom is having more tests so we’re all holding our breath. I’ll see you all when we get back...unless, of course, I get a chance to post something from Texas.
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