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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

I hear often these days that we are doomed, because the media has been taken over by ‘Fake News’.  This sentiment, of course, is itself, fake news.  Nothing could be further from the truth, actually.  I write about this today, so that you can rest easy and be better able to go about your work.

What we are now calling ‘fake news’ crap is the norm, and has been in the USA since at least the 1780’s.  We merely got to experience a few decades where it was in remission, that’s all.  It’s had other, better names over the changing decades: mudslinging, Yellow journalism, etc.  But it’s nothing new at all.  The rise of Journalism schools in the 20th century really helped to tamp it down.  Or, to be honest, the rise of a class of professionally trained journalists just barely restrained it; enough so that we mostly forgot that all news is by necessity biased.  Now their day is waning, and so of course our media has relapsed into partisan hackery, fakery, and outright lies.

Now, while it may be normal, it is certainly not ACCEPTABLE.

Like with any other trend in history, there will soon enough be another swing of the pendulum, and this cycle will become a sad memory.  We can all act now to hasten that day: call out lies and deception where you find them.  Don’t be shy about it, be loud and clear.  Support local news sources, and where you can stomache it, support the national media sources too.  Mostly they are beyond repair and will die off on their own (due to their own credulity).  So, be ready to support the systems that are forming to replace them.

We can get information a bit faster nowadays than 20 years ago.  Yet that was also the case in the early 1900’s when every city suddenly had numerous papers that printed several editions per day. It was ‘shocking’ and ‘different’ and ‘new’ to those folks, but ultimately was mostly just garbage, like now.  We tend to get hubristic and think we’re the first people ever to have to solve a problem and that is in itself a barrier to actually solving problems.  So please keep in perspective the fact that ‘fake news’ is not a new thing, not actually something that we cannot overcome, nor something that is inevitable.  Just like every other time in history, we overcome it by steadily piling truth upon truth.  It’s not even hard to do so, but it does take time.

For an excellent example of what I am prattling on about, read up on the rise and fall of Fr. Coughlin.  He was a racist demagogue who happened to be born just as the idea of Radio was catching on – he used that medium as a weapon.  He once seemed to be everywhere; and his influence unstoppable.  But he was, inevitably, stopped.  He was, rightly, hounded from the world’s stage.  So it shall be with the hucksters of the present era.

There are plenty of good media sources out there right now, such as DemocracyNow.org.  This site aims to be one more asset on the side of truth and integrity.  In the immortal words of muckracking journalist Scoop Nisker, “if you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!”  You can help us, hold us accountable.  And you can break stories in your area, too.  


{ed. note: Original headline was changed, to avoid being seen as ‘click bait’.  Suggested alternate headline “Headless Body In Topless Bar” was rejected because the NY Post did that one already…  for a selection of other vintage Sensationalist or stupid headlines, here’s an article from a true clickbait-farm.}

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Danny Schechter Inspired millions (including the founders of this network)

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Danny schechter, "The News Dissector"

In March of 2002, at an event focusing on arts and media at a time of globalized consolidation, some of the Mobilized founding team took part in a conversation focusing on what we can do to preserve democracy and safeguard the health and well-being of people and the planet. Mobilized is proud to present the keynote by media dissector Danny Schechter whose words of wisdom inspired and empowered the creation of this network.

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New Report by National Academy of Sciences (USA): Social Media is Hazardous to Your Health

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Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity

At a time of information overload, when most people can’t decipher truth from fiction, when our world and corporate leaders bow down to the corporate interests that are destroying all life as we know it for their short term personal gains, there are billions of social media accounts attached to mechanisms that continue to amplify misinformation and corporate propaganda. All of this inflicts tremendous damage to all life and our life support systems.

The report is attached below.  In Summary, it states:

Collective behavior provides a framework for understanding how the actions and properties of groups emerge from the way individuals generate and share information. In humans, information flows were initially shaped by natural selection yet are increasingly structured by emerging communication technologies. Our larger, more complex social networks now transfer high-fidelity information over vast distances at low cost. The digital age and the rise of social media have accelerated changes to our social systems, with poorly understood functional consequences. This gap in our knowledge represents a principal challenge to scientific progress, democracy, and actions to address global crises. We argue that the study of collective behavior must rise to a “crisis discipline” just as medicine, conservation, and climate science have, with a focus on providing actionable insight to policymakers and regulators for the stewardship of social systems.

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For the sake of planetary and personal health, business will have to change.

Special Presentation: Sarah Savory

Our existing systems of media and education provide a limited worldview. This reductionist worldview limits our ability to see and exist in the world properly, effectively and in total health.

For us to truly thrive as a species in harmony with the natural world, we will need to see the world as ONE LIVING BREATHING ORGANISM, and our part and place in the world as a part of this organism.  This will require a shift in our thinking, in our action and in the ways we make our decisions.  This very forward-thinking conversation will clearly identify where we are at, how we arrived at this point, what needs to happen, how we get there, what are the obstacles and how will we overcome these obstacles.  And yes, business will have to change.

As Bucky Fuller said: “Nature is a totally efficient, self-regenerating system. If we discover the laws that govern this system and live synergistically within them, sustainability will follow and humankind will be a success.”

But humans don’t know how to manage the complexities of our world. The increasing social, economic, and ecological disasters we are experiencing across the world are the mounting symptoms of our not considering the whole and managing our societies, economies, and nature in isolation of each other when they are an inseparable whole – no person or nation on earth can have physical or financial stability without ecological health.

Sarah Savory has worked alongside her father, Allan Savory who created the Holistic Management Framework. In this exhilarating conversation, we’ll discover a new and improved decision-making process to enable us to manage and balance the inseparable complexity of human societies, economies, and nature. Remember, we’re all in this together

Sarah Savory

Sarah Savory is the single mother of 2 young children, Luke and Mika. She is the youngest daughter of Allan Savory, world-renowned ecologist and developer of Holistic Management (a decision making process which successfully guides us through the complexity we manage by ensuring simultaneously socially, financially and ecologically sound decisions.)
Sarah is following closely in his footsteps and has become a very successful Holistic Management Consultant and Educator in her own right.
In an effort to simplify the framework, she has written illustrated, educational children’s books on Holistic Management and has also broken new ground by teaching HM as a subject in Zimbabwean schools, with demand for education and educational materials growing rapidly and is now writing the first school curriculum for Holistic Decision Making and Ecological Literacy to be taught as a subject in schools.
She is a part of Africa Centre For Holistic Management’s new training and education team and she is part of a new, global policy task force which is focusing on breaking through in government policy. Sarah and her father recently met with President Mnangagwa to begin talks about working with the Zimbabwean government to develop the first ever agricultural policy using the Holistic Management Framework.
Sarah spends the rest of her time writing articles, giving presentations and being interviewed both locally and internationally.
A personal note from Sarah to our youth – you are the key to the future:
Holistic Management involves introducing people to new scientific insights that will not only help them to better understand the incredibly complex social, economic and ecological connections in nature and how earth’s ecosystems function, but teach a new way of managing which makes sure our decisions flow with the unpredictable, ever-present and constantly changing variables of that complexity.
Managers learn how to make decisions or develop polices in a way that guarantees they never lose sight of the whole picture and the fact that our physical and financial security and stability are intricately connected and entirely dependent on the health of our environment – the only economy that can ultimately sustain any nation is one based on healthy soil and the plant’s ability to turn the sun’s energy into food because everything we use or consume comes from the land.
When it comes to making a change and adapting to new knowledge and thinking, history shows us that most adults and institutions are almost incapable of it. I truly believe the key to the future lies in educating our children, rather than pinning all our hopes on the possibility of “old dogs learning new tricks.”
Let’s give young people the solutions and show them how vital it is to look at the whole picture and to focus on and address root causes instead of symptoms.
If we can have school leavers going off into the world ecologically literate and capable of successfully managing and balancing the unavoidable social, financial and ecological dimensions of their decisions, rather than being stuck as we are now, on a hamster wheel reacting or adapting to the inevitable and increasing symptoms of our current management, they will be proactively making decisions in a new way that will bring about the physical and financial stability we all want, reversing the current problems and preventing any more knock-on symptoms further down the line. When we do that, it will change everything.

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Barry Dossenko interview with Allan Savory

Allan Savory: How to effect meaningful transformation to address the global climate crisis.

For a healthier planet, management must change

 

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