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The Media - how influenced are we by them ?

  • Apr 4, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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The Media - or Mass Media - are they a curse or a blessing ?

In his book The Commercialization of American Culture, Matthew P. McAllister says that "a well-developed media system, informing and teaching its citizens, helps democracy move toward its ideal state". Well, wouldn't this be nice ? Do you agree ?

In the 2000s, a classification called the "seven mass media" became popular. In order of introduction, they are:

Print (books, pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, etc.) from the late 15th century
Recordings (gramophone records, magnetic tapes, cassettes, cartridges, CDs, DVDs) from the late 19th century
Cinema from about 1900
Radio from about 1910
Television from about 1950
Internet from about 1990
Mobile phones from about 2000

So, we all use them and are surely influenced by them in some way or another.

Which Media do you use, love, loath, can't do without, enjoy, etc.? Are we still the ones who control their influence or are they controlling us ? What's your opinion ?

Re.: Venue. I have not yet had the chance to check out the Mercure Hotel Restaurant, which was suggested as a venue. If I get round to do it before the 4th and it seems like a suitable place to have out MeetUps, I'll send out another message to all. Until then let's keep the Coffee Club as out meeting place.Thanks everyone. See you all soon. Ziggy



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  • Virginia M.

    Did anyone watch the group of twitterers gathering for a "TweetUp" on TV1 "7 Sharp" last night? Apparently they do not always tweet from home, alone! They may, in fact be attempting to realize their virtual realities!

    So now we have yet another division to add to our cultural differences : 'P.C.' PC behaviour. What hope for Optimal Unity, except in the virtual sense? Far easier to love humanity than deal with irksome individuals yet that's what life seems to demand of us. Josko's efforts to syncretize ancient wisdom in search of a common humanity are heartwarming and encouraging yet hard to translate to everyday interactions with real people Maybe (good) humour is a useful tool too. Interesting that our group is constantly changing: it has attracted artists, philosophers, authors, stand up comics and other extraordinary common or garden individuals who have contributed as guest artists, regulars or occasional droppers in...may we find unity in diversity!

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Ziggy

    Well, what a revealing evening with the topic of "Media and their influence on us" this was ! The discussion was not as much an eye opener as the behaviour around the table. Some members of the group are obviously so influenced, if not to say addicted to a certain kind of 'medium', that they can't do without it for even a couple of hours when trying to engage in a conversation with actual people. I find this behaviour odd and not a little disrespectful. I believe that the person most important in ones life should always be the one who is there right in front of me/you, if I/you made the choice to engage with him/her, not someone on the end of a smart phone or out in cyber space. This group is for "old fashioned" conversation between people, who are and (want to be!) present. What's your take on this ? Do we have to make ourselves slaves of the omnipresent technology or can we still have simple get-togethers as ordinary human beings, who have time for each other listen to each other

    April 5, 2013

    • Peter E.

      Hi Josko, I don't think Ziggy's comment was a hint that you should leave the group. I'd rather take it as a point to discuss in our next meeting - sitting around a table and talking to each other. So I would be disappointed if you would not return to the group – especially with the next topic coming up.

      April 6, 2013

    • Monique le R.

      Hi Josko, There were actually a few people 'attached' to their phones during our discussion group. Even if one was 'singled out' , it is a sign of humility to apologise and to learn. The request not to connect to a phone while participating in a group especially organised for human discussion is not unrealistic. Sometimes one's own ideals do not always match perfectly to those of a group you participate in. Herein lies the education and the growth. Besides, your admirable pledge to change the world (I have read your blog) will no doubt be confronted by endless criticism, ridicule and anger (everybody is afraid and nobody trusts much anymore). Personally, I don't think I have the strength to set out and do what you have. Above all, like Jesus, you will need humility, compassion, tolerance and fortitude. Without these qualities, you may as well walk away from Optimal Unity as well. All the best in your travels and every success in your chosen path. See you on the other side :)

      April 6, 2013

  • Peter

    I've walked out on social functions when this happens, sadly it is happening more often and one BBQ i went to was full of twits (yep they spent the whole BBQ tweeting each other).
    You are right Ziggy, it's the height of rudeness. Unless you are awaiting news of a birth or death - it can wait!

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always nice to get to talk to others about your views, great group of people that both express, listed and laugh together...

    April 5, 2013

  • Peter

    Sorry much as I'd like to I don't think I can make it

    April 4, 2013

  • Peter

    I'm a maybe - put social media on the table

    April 2, 2013

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