This I Believe

Patrick - Louisville, Kentucky
Entered on March 10, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: injustice

GLOBAL JOURNALISM MANIFESTO

BETA

WORLD PEACE BECAME A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY

WHEN THE WORLD WIDE WEB

BIRTHED A GLOBAL GENERATION

the new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village

-marshall mcluhan

visual communication is the most universally and globally accessible form of communication

compositions which can be

seen

heard

felt

and interacted with

can be more powerful and intimate than compositions

which can only be seen or read

strong visual communication skills are the foundation for

effective and stimulating multimedia storytelling

as westernization continues to destroy the world’s cultures

it has now become absolutely imperative that journalists

impartially document and preserve all cultures as truly as they are

without regards to

ideological

traditional

emotional

or political bias

so that plurality is always embraced and never forgotten by humanity

war is what happens when language fails

-margaret atwood

WAR BRINGS DEATH

SCIENCE BRINGS PROGRESS

you cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war

-albert einstein

there is no room for superstition in journalism

religiously or nationalistically motivated

“journalism”

will never hold up to any kind of global scrutiny

politics

industry

and religion

often do more to perpetuate

war

poverty

ignorance

or intolerance

than end them

the responsibility falls upon journalists to hold

political

industrial

and religious institutions accountable

when they make decisions that harm people

with great power comes great responsibility

-stan lee

HUMANISM NOT NATIONALISM

treat others the way you want to be treated

-the golden rule

there is no room for nationalism in journalism

true journalists are without borders

we are all one people

the responsibility falls upon journalists to deliver

other ways of seeing

other ways of thinking

and other perspectives to

culturally homogeneous regions

via the internet

to facilitate greater tolerance and deeper understanding between all people

regardless of their

color

class

creed

gender

sexuality

or nationality

as well as empower people

specifically children

with stronger critical thinking skills

the children are the future and our tomorrow

the responsibility falls upon journalism

to break the international chain of ignorance

so humanity might someday know world peace

integrated we stand

segregated we fall

DEATH TO IGNORANCE

KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERYONE

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day

teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

-chinese proverb

someday

all people could experience the beauty and reality of the entire world

from the comfort of their own home

even if they cannot afford to travel internationally

socioeconomic inequality will level out

only when the internet can provide all people with an education

to promote greater opportunity and upward mobility

across the global class spectrum

any resource which stimulates genuine thought and question

is of genuine value

turn dreams into reality

poverty is a threat to peace

-muhammad yunus

DEMOCRACY NOT HYPOCRISY

injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

-martin luther king jr

true justice is blind

the integrity of any law is completely undermined

if its penalty or duty to society is

hypocritically

inconsistently

or disproportionately applied and enforced

on the people within a society

the public cannot be expected to acknowledge or respect

any law that is not equally administered to all people

without regards to their socioeconomic status

you can’t have democracy without dissent

no man is above the law and no man below it

-theodore roosevelt

ANY LAWS WHICH UNJUSTLY RESTRICT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS OR SPEECH

MUST BE FIERCELY DISOBEYED AT WHATEVER COSTS NECESSARY

if we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise

we don’t believe in it at all

-noam chomsky

in fascist regimes

good journalists must become outlaws to truly inform the public

real journalism means honesty and truth

not lies or deception

propaganda is acceptable only if it is labeled and marketed as such

most propaganda is usually mislabeled as being

public relations

advertising

journalism

or even

news

public relations and journalism converge as one

when corporate enterprise ravages journalism

objective journalism is one of the main reasons

american politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long

you can’t be objective about nixon

-hunter s thompson

JOURNALISM CAN BRING GOVERNMENT CLOSER TO THE PEOPLE

the internet makes more direct-democracy in government very possible

where more issues can be voted upon directly by the people

outdating as strong a need for as many representatives

when effectively implemented

more direct-democracy in government

can make government

quicker

more responsible

and more functional

a more sophisticated check-and-balance system

that is more fiscally responsible

is created within government

when the internet enables citizens

to choose exactly what public services

they want their required sum of tax dollars to pay for

citizens must thus be enabled to vote with their tax dollars

when there is not enough money allotted for wars

then we just don’t have them

if i could choose between a government without newspapers

and a press without government

i would unhesitatingly have picked the latter

-thomas jefferson

RIGHT ALL WRONGS

END ALL INJUSTICES