Several weeks ago, Kendall F. Person invited me to be a part of his #OURWEEKOFPEACE at The Public Blogger. The idea was to bring artists, musicians, writers, statesmen, poets and others together to discuss and express their thoughts on the meaning of peace in our world.
Each day has a different theme, culminating this Saturday in a public “Shout Out to Peace,” which is an opportunity for everyone around the world to contribute their voice in their own way, be it through their written word, videos, photography, music or simply by sharing in the day.
Today’s theme is “Media,” and I have the privilege of opening it with a video about the importance of journalism in our democracy — a notion underscored by the fact that our forefathers included Freedom of the Press as part of the First Amendment in our Constitution.
As you might expect, there’s some humor in my video, but the underlying message of the role journalism plays as watchdog for our democracy is a serious one. Ano so is the question of whether today’s media journalism is contributing to that democracy or taking something from it.
Here’s a short clip from the opening video…
Today’s focus on media, which opens at 10 a.m. (PST) will also include an essay from Kendall, as well as other thoughts from various people on the subject of journalism, media, and how their freedoms were purposely woven into the fabric of the U.S. Constitution by our forefathers. I hoped you’ll join in the conversation today, and especially on Saturday. The link below will take you to the main page, which includes each day’s events. Yesterday’s theme, for example, was “The Role Fathers Play in Peace,” with a video from Robert Miles III and an essay from Thomas Lemke.
I hope to see you there, by clicking HERE.