Skip to main content

View Diary: What's the Matter with dKos? (176 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I can totally relate to this APaSC, my mind is (1+ / 0-)

    often conflicted. So far my recurring conclusion is that we have a chance in this fight. Because?

    In Jesselyn Radack's diary yesterday on the virtual failure of American journalism compared to overseas sources,  quill linked to this analysis by Mark Feldstein ."A Muckraking Model: Investigative Reporting Cycles in American History"

    The essence is that American journalism has had 3 periods of the kind of effective writing that produced real results. 1760s and 70s,  1902 -12, and the 1960s and 70's. Important points for me:

    Investigative journalists were reformers, not revolutionaries.

    ...the investigative reporter provides policy makers with the opportunity to take corrective actions without changing the distribution of power.

    The overall purpose of investigative journalism is to expose abuse of power by speaking truth to power: the citizens, through the media.

    Interestingly, the first American period of investigative reporting in the 1760's and 70s, before and during the revolution, did involve some reporters writing for revolution, which did occur and changed the distribution of power quite thoroughly.

    Feldstein suggests a model extrapolated from:"two mutually reinforcing phenomena" (David Protess) that creates an era marked by significant progress in improving the society: a press that is producing a high volume of investigative journalism and has new technologies to distribute the expose, and a strong populist movement demanding the investigative reporting that then pushes the government entity responsible for change.

    We have the Internet with plenty of independent writing, and TV, greatly enhanced by the accessibility of information on the web, plus cell phones that have cameras and can access the web, FB, Twitter, etc. We have ows and the 99% movements.

    We have a chance to fight a non-violent revolution and return the distribution of power to where it belongs: We the People, Congress and an independent 4th estate.

    The outcome, good or bad, will ultimately lay the foundation for however many people, and how much habitable land, survive whatever economic and environmental collapses become inevitable.

    The planet will survive, in some form. My hope is that it is good enough for humanity to make the enormous transition successfully, and they actually try hard enough.

    So I have to challenge you. If you are honestly looking for a sailboat and a storm, how come you are hanging out here at DKos?

    You can always go back to looking in Nov ;)

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 04:25:48 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  I think I have a "man-crush" on Ms. Radack (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Ginny in CO

      She and a certain Front-pager who will be left unnamed have me all-atwitter when it comes to a "beautiful woman."

      I have a friend from the way-back times who stumbled into some funds and a few sailboats and an open invitation to hug the coast in a single-hull, and another who I could convince to finally step-up and go who inherited more money than God, but I'll skip the ordeal.

      I have unrequited responsibilities and a conscience.

      Can't catch a Blue Marlin in blue-water and be happy if your mother is in the poorhouse. If you have a soul worth spitting at.

      Now I'm wondering if this electronic conversation is worthy of public consumption, Ginny?

      May I call you Ginny? It seems so forward here in the Internet age.

      My take is that humanity will survive. At least the human genes and the sexual reproductive advanced primate parts. Civilization as we know it is probably toast.

      Never been a Navy-man or in the merchant marines. But I watch the crabbers and the long-liners on the TeeVee machine between commercials..

      Not really.

      Drowning in the Pacific would be a perfectly decent way to die. I can read the wind and the swells and fool the fish.

      The fuckers are killing all the fish.

      I'd rather be a "Tree-hugger" than a "Planet-raper" and a Destroyer of Worlds -- But I'm funny that way. I want a living Earth, not just a living room.

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:20:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Anthony, I much prefer Ginny to Virginia :) (2+ / 0-)

        I happen to enjoy the side bar electronic conversations. Because most of them touch on shtuff that many of us are grappling with. Occasionally they produce a very useful concept that starts a productive reconsideration of the problem.

        People can read or scroll on.

        As far as the human race reproducing, our environmental toxins may well interfere.

        Something about us keeps me preferring that future generations have a chance to look at all the mistakes and create a very decent post collapse civilization.

        Meanwhile, I'm a long ways from a body of water suitable to your plan. So I work on the exit plan in a very leisurely way, keeping tabs on reality and what Kossacks are talking about, doing and ranting on.

        Thanks for the conversation. Happy sailing.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:07:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site