breaking the cycle

this came to me in a state of sick half-sleep last night.

i find the way mainstream media cycles us through scandal, drama and tragedy to be emotionally exhausting. breaking news: something horrific has just happened in a place other than where you are, there’s nothing you can do about it but accumulate tons of shocking horrible information, and we will be covering this in non-stop excruciating detail until the next horrific thing happens. in 3 weeks you won’t be thinking about this anymore, but for now it is the center of your conversations and concerns.

i have been a part of this cycle in the way i share and highlight news in my world. we all do it.

i am going to try and break the cycle, personally. i will only share and highlight stories where there is a clear actionable item, so that you knowing about it means something; or a victory, so that you can see the impact of people’s efforts for justice.

wish me luck!

1 Response to “breaking the cycle”

  1. 1 Hannah Sassaman

    two thoughts on this:

    1) what about when we learn about something in a news cycle where there is not -yet- a clear, actionable item, but through the wide attention to the struggle we might be able to collectively find a way to act?

    2) what about when we are alone, or in spaces where our fellows or companions aren’t used to taking action when they see injustice? can we not use the mainstream media’s moments both as opportunities to find ways to act together, and to learn how people in our lives react to media and incorporate it into their narratives and days?

    this is not to say that your reaction to mainstream media isn’t super reasonable and that you will definitely learn something really important by breaking the cycle. i should probably do the same thing. but i’m interested in how we use media saturation as a tool, even while it is a weapon being used against us.

    much love amb

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