Mike Wesch talked about how individuals have become the hub of information. Prior to this concepts emergence the mass delivery system for content was the one way current of the television and radio. There was no conversation, no ability to check source or resource materials. We were to trust whole heatedly the content we were being fed was legitimate. Stories could be told and news items delivered. Thus emerged the trusted news anchor, our story teller. Most people may have thought there was little choice as to who narrated their content so they choose the least annoying coupling of personalities amongst the choices. At least that’s how I have approached the choice of my own morning news delivery.
The choice I make is not due to any evaluation of the content being delivered as the message is the same on all of the channels and there is no ability for an individual to evaluate the truthfulness of the content unless they were to grab a newspaper. Perhaps they may seek out further in formation at a library or other reference source. What effort! It seems natural then when someone is presented with the opportunity to gather multi-format content from a single device this would be a natural evolution in the expression and attainment of knowledge.
The choice is now mine as to who filters what I know. This is not to say I am naive to think there is not censorship on internet content but feel there is access to more purposeful content than from television sources. We now not only can have a choice in the content but also who delivers it to us. We get to develop our our more personal level of trust within ourselves and our critical thinking and problem solving skills. We are the ultimate filter. We can make truth accurate. As I see it these are purposeful reasons to immigrate to a digital interaction with information.
The Mad Prophet rant from the 1976 movie “Network” holds significant influence in this reflection. I see the Mad Prophet clip as an early push for new voices to be heard. The context of the speech being given is that an unsuccessful television network is trying to stay on the air and while a news anchor is being fired he decides to announce that he is going to kill himself on the air, early hints of Jerry Springer style t.v. Ratings soar and through several other annoyances the anchor lays down a rant on the evening news (for actual content you’ll have to watch it for yourself). Needless to say the rating soar again and the rhetoric continues. I feel this particular rant captures the irritation some people may feel towards mainstream media sources. It does lean to subtle hints of conspiracy surround by corporate muck but captures a change in perception. The encouragement and subsequent emergence of intellectual critiques by the masses. There is some language not suitable for younger viewers in this clip so parental discretion is advised (man I watch way too many movies).