Dissent Deficit

The Editors, Columbia Journalism Review, Aug 07, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I like to think that I bring the fine art of dissent to something like the mainstream, though of course my efforts pale compared to what mass media could do if it so desired. As this editorial notes, though, "Rather than engage speech that strays too far from the dangerously narrow borders of our public discourse, the gatekeepers of that discourse-our mass media-tend to effectively shout it down, marginalize it, or ignore it." Which is sad. Because most of the dominant narratives today are false and misleading, and hence need to be openly questioned. Via Contentious.
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