On Not Being a Knee-Jerk Reactionary

crooked-mediaRebootTheMedia is about using the media to make a difference. And this movement is awakening. Voices are rising that wouldn’t have even been called forth were it not for the circumstances we are now facing.

The problem is not new (here are just a few quotes from the last century, warning about media):

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” – George Orwell

“Those who control the media control our minds.” – Jim Morrison, The Doors

The problem is not new; but will our response be?

Meryl Streep made full use of her platform at The Golden Globes recently. In her speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, she addressed the importance of leadership, warning, “this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing… [because] disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.”

Some people loved her speech. Some were angered and thought she should “get over it.” We, as a country, are divided. We are knee-jerk reactionary.

We need to do more than repeating with shock and disdain the accusations, Tweets, and false news. But when the President-Elect’s counselor says go by what’s in his heart, not the words that come out of his mouth, what does that even mean? (Which is why Meryl said what she said: words matter, and a leader should model behavior he or she wants to see replicated.)

One solution is to activate, and one company with the ironic name Crooked Media, is planning to be the hub to help make that happen.

Founded by former Obama staffers – speechwriters Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and spokesperson Tommy Vietor – their website, GetCrookedMedia.com, urges, Do Something. Tweets are not The Resistance.

“We want to give people an outlet and a vessel to figure out what to do,” says Favreau. “The biggest question we get is ‘What do I do now?’ and we didn’t have an answer in those early weeks. We want to find an answer.”

We’re not sure what the future holds, but this is a great time to be engaged in actively creating what’s next. As modern-day mystic Thomas Hübl has said, “Unconscious Energy is a Destiny. Conscious energy is a possibility.”


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