Next month I will be opening my new (and still un-named) web-site. I am tired of the mainstream media outlets. I am looking to offer a real alternative to the AP and Reuters News agencies we use now.
Mainstream media is too aloof and passive in it’s approach. This is an era in which we need to empower the people, not victimize them. We, the People, are not helpless against events, and our reporting should encourage this attitude of empowerment.
Economically, we are facing tough choices as well. We are in the beginning stages of a depression which will likely be far worse than the one we faced in 1929, and we are far less able to withstand one today. Instead of generating fear and helplessness, reporting should empower the reader to meet these new challenges. So we are better prepared for the opportunities they hold as well.
As such, I am looking for reporters who are able to empower their readers into action. Reporters who write of events and people in their communities. In this news media site, I am prioritizing news in which people are creating positive change in their communities.
Activism is the key element of this news media outlet I am proposing. News coverage of people becoming involved in their communities. Our news should encourage an activist population to become even more active in their communities.
This is true no matter where you live. Search for people who are making a difference in your community and let their example guide the rest of us.
We need a news media which overthrows the old adage of “No good deed goes unpunished”. There are far more good people than bad in this world. Yet, what passes for news encourages people to fear their neighbors, rather than reach out to them.
You should also profit from your reporting. I am designing my site to encourage traffic to your site. So that we can all grow stronger together.
I am designing it so that no one controls it, for the news is far too important to be in the hands of any one person. Whoever controls the news, controls everyone else. Today, even our local newspapers are in the hands of a few companies.
This is an intolerable situation for a free society. We have the power to overcome the monopolies stranglehold on our news. We all have the ability to work together in order to affect change of a revolutionary nature. Change we so desperately need today.
I apologize for my sporadic posting as of late, but this has been taking up all of my time. I know this posting was done rather hastily; but I wanted you to know where I’ve been.
Rev. Jim Lunsford
First Cannabist Church