>TODAY, A QUICK brainstorm about what I have learned in this semester’s Global Media Class. Of course I wouldn’t describe it exactly as Global Media, but as International and Intercultural Communications and interactions/exchanges between countries with a focus on international organizations.
SO, WHAT HAVE I learned? That people have more power than I thought in their hands … and I never thought that their power was limited or too small. Non-Governmental organizations are acting for what they perceive as our interest as a country (each one for its country), but International Non-Governmental Organizations can be powerful, and if you can’t think a couple of them, try United Nations and GreenPeace. Watch their influence in international affairs and think about that, they don’t just influence governments, but the people who constitute the governments. That is their strength, the power of the mass, but the ideological mass and not the unthinking one.
NEXT, DISCUSSED BUT without a conclusion, as opinions collide, about the matters of Media Influence. Should they be allowed to reign uncontrolled by the rules of the free market? or constraint to safeguard the culture that their imperial motives for money are destroying/changing/influencing/upgrading/empower or they just give power to the people. Here is the scholarly fighting place. People to people actions and reactions are not easy to predict or analyze, especially when they are consisted by masses of individuals. My opinion? Media are tools and should be used in a proper way … which is absolutely not mine to decide, but of each individual person, but watching, interacting or not, or even voting. You need active citizens in order to use that tool in the way that people feel better, but of course you need someone to show them the paths and results they are choosing, but not deciding for them. Scholars, politicians and generally the more educated people should do that. Active citizenship should be promoted more by governments, because people are late for the battle of the decisions on the most powerful informational tools, the mass media. Already powerful individuals or entities (companies) control these tools and they will not give up so easily.
WAITING FOR ANSWERS, OPINIONS, DISAGREEMENTS, ADDING OR ANYTHING ELSE. EXPRESSING YOUR OPINION IS THE FIRST STEP TO BECOME ACTIVE!!!