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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-12-07 21:32
Association Index: A407
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External Link: Full Show: Big Media’s Power Play | Moyers & Company | BillMoyers.com
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Democracy! Democracy! Democracy! I listen to Bill Moyers with the anticipated hope he can make a difference. But he is as much the problem as those he speaks against. Bill Moyers' media is a one way forum of communication. This post cannot make a difference when so few engage in the solution.

The solution is in public participation. A new media will not expect perfection from every word. A new media will engage the public to discover respect and collaboratively come to consensus. Bill isn't listening. He complains just as each of us does in solitude. A new media will figure out how to channel the thoughts of a nation in a productive and respectful manner. That is what Democracy is about.

[Update December 8, 2012 - Scott]

The words from this association were also posted on Bill Moyers' comment blog relating to the episode.  The comment was met as a criticism of Bill Moyers.  Maybe, it was, but that was not the intent.   Here is my response to that feedback.

There is a saying, "give them a fish and they will eat for a day. Teach them to fish and they'll eat forever". This thought is not criticizing Bill Moyers. The existing media model gives the public a fish for a day when the public is more than capable of catching their own fish.

Don't get stuck in a false dichotomy. This premise is not the antithesis of Bill Moyers' program. It's an alternative proposition few are talking about. Those in control of the microphone will use it to say what they wish. When the people can freely talk amongst themselves, the conversation will no longer be monopolized.

Once the monopoly is broken, what is the next step? Maybe providing a more respectful media allowing the public to collaboratively come to consensus.

Someone else's words might explain this perspective, "The sheer ability of journalist to comprehend different fields is usually limited, so they have to fall back on three basics: the human angle; some gimmick aspect; attack. The prime purpose is not exposition of the subject but journalistic 'interest'. The ludecy is clear. Commercial democracy has its own ludecy. The larger the readership or the viewership the higher the advertising rates, so the search for the mass market is necessary. Clash and controversy are intrinsically more interesting than agreement, so disagreements have to be played up and emphasized. Scandals are fun, so personalities rate more than substance." -- Page 266, Chapter titled, "Communication", Edward de Bono, I Am Right You are Wrong

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-05 21:23
Association Index: A344
Uploaded Image: 20080731_business_of_good.mp3
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From the July 31, 2008 Episode of Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett.  This clip is a discussion with Jonathan Greenblatt about the Business of Doing Good.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:51
Association Index: A338
Quotation from Chomsky, Noam

The concept of “democratizing the media” has no real meaning within the terms of political discourse in the United States. In fact, the phrase has a paradoxical or even vaguely subversive ring to it. Citizen participation would be considered an infringement on freedom of the press, a blow struck against the independence of the media that would distort the mission they have undertaken to inform the public without fear or favor... this is because the general public must be reduced to its traditional apathy and obedience, and driven from the arena of political debate and action, if democracy is to survive. — Chapter 1: Democracy and the Media," Necessary Illusions

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:50
Association Index: A337
Quotation from Chomsky, Noam

One conception of democracy has it that a democratic society is one in which the public has the means to participate in some meaningful way in the management of their own affairs and the means of information are open and free ... An alternative conception of democracy is that the public must be barred from managing of their own affairs and the means of information must be kept narrowly and rigidly controlled. — Media Control - The Spectacular Achievement of Propaganda

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:46
Association Index: A327
Quotation from Chomsky, Noam

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:44
Association Index: A322
Quotation from Allen, David S

The structure of public life seems so entirely natural to most Americans that few question the fundamental assumptions of modern corporate ideology, including the idea that media content should be driven solely by questions of popularity, that larger corporations will provide better and more efficient service than smaller corporations, that technology can solve society's problems, and that an ideological individualism that values confrontation, winning, and capitalism is prefereable to an ideological community that values discourse and understanding. — Democracy, Inc. - Introduction - Page 7

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:44
Association Index: A321
Quotation from Allen, David S

Discourse is viewed as necessary for citizens to come together and realize what problems they have in common without losing individual identity, to resist forces within society that seeks to divide people, and to begin treating others with respect and dignity. The democracy we live in today is fundamentally at odds with those beliefs. One only needs to listen to political talk shows in the United States to realize that concept such as understanding, respect, and civility are not central elements of political culture. Perhaps the never have been. But if we are serious about revitalizing public live in the United States, we have to give people a reason and opportunity to get involved. — Democracy, Inc — Introduction — Page 8.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:43
Association Index: A320
Quotation from Allen, David S.

Reliance on expert knowledge does not come without cost, however. Not only does it devalue the role of the public in democracy, it also leads to the formation of powerful occupational groups that attempt to secure for themselves an area of knowledge that will insure their power. — Democracy, Inc (Page 52)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:43
Association Index: A319
Quotation from Allen, David S.

Meaning, under discourse theory, is discursively redeemed; it does not exist solely in the author's intent but in the complex linguistic relationship between speaker and hearer. The key to creating that ethical discourse is allowing all citizens who want to participate to do so. — Democracy, Inc. (Page 40)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:43
Association Index: A318
Quotation from Allen, David S

The "consumer" has replaced the "citizen" in American society. — Paraphrase of passage from page 10 of Democracy, Inc.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:42
Association Index: A317
Quotation from Allen, David S

Over time, the stories journalist tell about their place in democracy have changed from claiming rights enjoyed by all citizens to rights enjoyed by a privileged professional group. — Democracy, Inc. — Introduction — Page 10

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:42
Association Index: A316
Quotation from Allen, David S

As historians and social critics have noted, inherent in corporate liberalism is the idea that the corporation, not the individual, is at the center of protection. — Democracy, Inc — Introduction Page 7.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:42
Association Index: A315
Quotation from Allen, David S

Discourse democracy seeks to identify ways to make possible an open dialogue among citizen through the creation of public space absent governmental and corporate interference. — Democracy, Inc. Introduction (Page 2)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:41
Association Index: A314
Quotation from Allen, David S

What if democracy is not about attracting an audience, making money, and winning? What if democracy is more accurately defined as the need to find a common ground, as the exchange of ideas between citizens in attempt to reach understanding? - Democracy, Inc. (Page 2)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:41
Association Index: A313
Quotation from Allen, David S

... the values of corporations, which emphasize efficiency, maximizing profits, scientific reasoning, and winning as opposed to understanding, have become the values of the public sphere. — Democracy, Inc Introduction (Page 2)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:39
Association Index: A308
Quotation from Glashow, Sheldon Lee

Today's thinking habits cannot be based on word-play or belief systems but must be attuned to the latest developments in neuroscience and matched to 'the way the human brain creates perception'. Dr de Bono is motivated because 'in democracies it is everyone's business that everyone should think better'. — Prologue to Edward de Bono's I am Right You are Wrong.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-12-07 19:32
Association Index: A307
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

an intelligent person may use his or her thinking simply to defend a point of view. The more skilled the defense the less does that person ever see a need to explore the subject, listen to others or generate alternatives. This is poor thinking. (Edward de Bono, I am right, you are wrong, page 19)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:36
Association Index: A305
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

We prefer to put our trust in evolution. This is because evolution is gradual and allows the pressure of needs, values, reactions and events to mould ideas. It allows the shaping force of criticism. Bad ideas will die. Good ideas will survive and become even better. We really like the method of evolution because it fits our traditional thinking habits. Change has its own energy and we can modify and control this by the use of our critical faculties because criticism is the basis of our thinking tradition. Evolution is also collective and seems democratic, whereas design always seems autocratic. (From the book, I am Right, you are Wrong, page 19)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:30
Association Index: A301
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

The to-and-fro of political argument has little constructive or creative force. This is because argument was never intended to be creative or constructive. Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not create it. Argument can oppose a bad idea and can modify, and thereby improve, a good idea. But it does not design new ideas any more than garden shears grow a garden. Politicians, however, do not have to be creative. For ideas they listen to their advisers and analysts. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. Page 22.

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:30
Association Index: A300
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

In many problems we cannot find the cause. Or, we can find it but cannot remove it — for example human greed. Or, there may be a multiplicity of causes. What do we do then? We analyze it further and analyze the analysis of others (scholarship). More and more analysis is not going to help, because what is needed is design. We need to design a way out of the problem or way of living with it.

We are much better at analysis than at design because we have never put enough emphasis on design. In education we have felt that design was necessary in architecture, engineering, graphics, theatre and fashion but not in other areas because analysis would reveal the truth, and if you have the truth action is easy. For design we need constructive and creative thinking and to be conscious of perceptions, of values and of people. It is this traditional emphasis (part of our thinking heritage) on analysis rather than design which makes some problems (like drug abuse) so difficult to tackle.

... There is a desperate need for the sort of 'idea work' or conceptual effort that Einstein provided in his field and Keynes in his. We know this is important, but we are content to let it happen by chance or genius because our traditions of thinking hold that analysis is enough.

(from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. page 23)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:30
Association Index: A299
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

The greatest danger is perhaps not the arrogance with which we defend our existing thinking system but the complacency with which we hold onto it — because we cannot conceive of anything else. This complacency means that we have channeled so much of our intellectual effort, resources, education and esteem into the existing methods that the more needed habits of thinking do not get a chance. There are no resources left, and many educators have told me there simply is no time teach thinking in school.

We are as locked into our institutions and structures as we are to beliefs. The paradox is that as we move forward into the room for change because everything is locked into position. We rely so much on the excellence of argument for attack and defence that we fail to see that something may be 'right' but inadequate for the larger framework.

(from the book, I am right, you are wrong. pg 28).

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:29
Association Index: A296
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

Experience has shown that reason and logic can never change perception, emotions, prejudices, and beliefs. Yet we continue in the pious hope that if everyone would 'see reason' the world would be so much better. As we shall see later, there are very good reasons why logic will never affect emotions and beliefs. The only way to do this is through perception. But we have totally failed to develop an understanding of perception. (from the book, I am Right, you are Wrong. Pg 40)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:28
Association Index: A294
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

There can be no truth in the media and in this respect the media model for perception. There is no truth in perception. It is always from a point of view. It is never complete.

Understanding perception has a very high practical value because it covers most of our thinking outside technical areas. The above comment on the media is one example. We should never expect the media to be objective because perception does not work that way.

The only truth in perception is the 'truth' of belief systems. As we shall see, beliefs arise very easily from circularity phenomenon in the underlying system. As we understand how beliefs arise and how they are sustained we can see why logical arguments will not touch beliefs, prejudices, and faulty perceptions. this is of great practical value, since various belief systems are a major component of human affairs.

(From the book, I am right, you are wrong. Pg 46-47)

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from Scott [the Author] on 2012-09-03 17:27
Association Index: A290
Quotation from de Bono, Edward

Sometimes it is not enough just to be against something. Pressure groups can be powerful in bringing something to an end. But in many cases there is also a need for constructive ideas. (from the book, I am Right, you are wrong. page 22)

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