Friday, June 8, 2007

The Return of Civic Engagement

What one man told the FCC:

All too often, the biggest change in political life in this country goes unnoticed. That change has been from getting our news and entertainment from paper publications to getting it from television news. Even large paper publications have letters to the editor, but paper publications are cheap enough that independent media always had a voice.

But when television media became the mode of choice, the ability for the citizenry to respond to what they saw in the media ceased to be. Television only talks at you, and you only watch and listen. There is no second side of the conversation.

The Internet moves the conversation back into the hands of the people.
He's right.

There has been a growing disconnect in this country between the voters and those elected, events in Washington, DC and events in our own living rooms. TV turned politics and the leadership of America into a Sunday night movie you sit down to watch for entertainment. We have slowly forgotten our place in the process, and the importance of our involvement.

There is a lot of talk of how the media let us down over weapons of mass destruction, the Attorney General has fooled us by politicizing the DOJ, and the "pay for power" politics of todays leaders have ciphoned the last drop of actual representation from our branches of government. But are we completely innocent?

Did this happen to us when we were trying our best to stop it, or did this happen to us while we sat back and watched the show play out?

For all it's downfalls and risks, this collection of tubes I am communicating to you on, inarguably, through fast worldwide information exchange, to the soapbox it provides for any who care to dig in, has brought the "roots" back to our grassroots.

That is why Net Neutrality and media policy are not just the latest trendy movement or cause du joure. How these issues are resolved will effect the very fiber of our politics, and greatly determine the possible futures for America.

Now go be somebody.

1 comment:

  1. Just a quick side note on net neutrality, looking at savetheinternet.com, they have 32 senators in favor of net neutrality, 12 against, and 56 undeclared. Both Sen Hatch, and Sen Bennett are undeclared, so those of us here in Utah know what we can do. For everyone else go to savetheinternet.com and find out where your representatives stand.

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