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The Media-with-Meaning Manifesto

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Arab media: a powerful tool that has a positive impact on millions or an amplifier of our imperfections that drowns out our successes? Discuss.

It does feel sometimes that Arab media (broadcast or printed or streamed) is missing an opportunity to shift away from biased political reporting, from accentuating the negatives, from providing a platform for anger and fundamentalism, and from feeding the flames of intolerance. We are missing an opportunity to connect with a young population, to highlight the role of women, to recognise entrepreneurs, to reconcile differences, to give a voice to the unheard, to encourage artists, to celebrate achievements and to build bridges.

If you could reshape your media, what would it look like? What would it say? What would you feel after experiencing it? What principles would it adhere to? What would the Media-with-Meaning Manifesto’s principles be? Here are a few for a starter:

– Entertain with meaning

– Inform without bias

– Debate with a positive passion

– Create role models

– Respect the old

– Encourage the new

– Highlight achievement

– Arouse curiosity

– Celebrate entrepreneurship

– Build on ambition

– Provide answers

– Learn from failure

Create  your own list. Develop ideas around it. Bring them to the masses. Let’s have a creative revolution!

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  1. Bushra Al Sharifi
    January 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I totally agree with what you’ve written, specially when we have a famous Arab network that is presenting documents that might lead to many assassins and riots among a nation that suffered for many years, then I don’t believe that this media tool is being used in a proper way, in time we need unity and support.

  2. January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Okay, these are the chapter headings of the book I hope you are planning to write? And, like Jeff Jarvis, you’re hoping that feedback from your readers will raise further issues and propose some new chapters?

    I hope so. It’s a book which needs to be written.

    • January 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Too early to start writing books. Still a lot to accomplish 🙂

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