MEDIA DISASTER – NOT
There has been some v/blogging about the two articles in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering the Deaf Bilingual Coalition conference and rallies and the AG Bell Association’s convention.
Some have gone as far as to refer to it as a “media disaster”
Some important quotes on MEDIA / PRESS:
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.
Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-?) Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.
Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.
George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.
The definition of DISASTER:
1. An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe. A grave misfortune.
2. Informal. A total failure.
These vlogs / blogs and comments placing their trust in the media over their trust in the Deaf Bilingual Coalition are very interesting entries.
I am all for challenging each other and offering input and suggestions. There does seem to be some irony here. That we cry and scream for Deaf unity – and I don’t think I have ever witnessed a greater case of it than at the DBC conference and rallies this past weekend – yet we jump to assume the worse in the DBC and the best in the media.
We do not do anyone/thing justice by taking quotes out of context.
We do not do anyone/thing justice by assuming the media got it right and the Deaf individuals have gotten it wrong.
We do not do anyone/thing justice by not exercising critical thinking and analysis when getting information via the media.
Two core members of the DBC were interviewed at great length on Sunday while a peaceful group of supporters watched. I witnessed the statistics, facts, and positions the DBC media representatives delineated to the newspaper reporter and to see only a few points make it to press, is disappointing to say the least.
The MEDIA is not gonna “get it” overnight folks.
It is not gonna take one person saying all the right things, using all the right words to get the press to “get it.”
Its gonna take a lot of WORK. Its gonna take a lot of TIME. And its gonna take a lot of COMMITMENT from folks not to go pointing the finger at others on how they should do things but rather themselves figuring out how THEY THEMSELVES can contribute constructively and directly to helping the media to “get it.”
We saw it during the “not Deaf enough” and the “designer Deaf baby” media MISrepresentation. Doesn’t matter how often you say it, how many small words you use, how many illustrations you draw, they are not gonna get it until we start showing:
1. we are not going away
2. we who were not…are
3. we are awake and alive and we will be heard
So I would ask ya all – instead of blogging / vlogging about a media disaster that never happened (folks say any publicity is good publicity – and I don’t think any of the quotes within the full context they were written are even bad) – instead ya all could be writing letters to the reporters of the articles, sending letters to the editor of your local newspaper, writing to your congress person, contacting a TV news program…
Do SOMETHING to help get the message out there that Deaf babies are entitled to sign language, that bilingualism constitutes more of a choice than an oral / aural ONLY upbringing, that being bicultural does not make the child a foreigner in her/his own home, that if we said we believe French children in the US should learn French as well as English – no one would bat an eye, that…..
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.