"Where did our democracy go? It became a media-ocracy
when we weren't looking ... Why are the institutions envisioned .. as tools for strengthening democracy undermining it?
its heart .. it is our media system that flattens our debates, distorts our perception, corrupts our language, narrows our alternatives,
limits our understanding, even as it massages and entertains our brains, reflecting the commercial and political agenda of those on
We are one nation under television, swimming/drowning in the digital stream, e-mailing ourselves to death, connecting through
cell phones, camera phones, walky-talkies, pagers, PDA's and all the new toys ... We are yakking away, but what do we have to say?
We live through our remote controls without realizing how remote is our own control as we choose between the choices we are given
... Is this progress or regress. How do we know? We do know that it is not working for us ...
How can you have any kind
of democracy if the people are not informed, not being informed, and in fact being under-informed .. by a system that dumbs it down
when we need it to smarten us up?
... We can't fix America without fixing the media system, loosening media concentration, strengthening
diversity of perspective, promoting media literacy education, building independent media outlets and challenging the phlegm of mainstream
media with some of our own.
Issues are not issues unless and until they are on TV. TV or not to be, that is the question."
from 'Our mandate, making media matter', published in 'What we do now', Melville House Publishing, 2004]