Wednesday, November 11, 2015
A QUESTION OF HONOR: The Responsibility of the Media in Our Culture
Like it our not, no matter how cynical we may be about it, the media has power over our culture and society. It is almost impossible for even the communication experts to distinguish whether we are moving the media or they are moving us. In my humble opinion, it is probably a little bit of both.
There are a few names in the media who have realized the potential of this power and how incredible it can be if used to inspire. One of those names is particularly dear to me, and that is Mr. Fred Rogers. My first memory of Fred Rogers is from when I was four years of age (yes, that was a long time ago! Hello, seventies!) on his children's television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I found this clip recently, and two thoughts came immediately to mind. First of all, no surprise to hear these words from a man of gentle integrity like Mr. Rogers, but more than that, what a perfect supplement to what we are already learning and talking about in our class.
I hope you will enjoy this clip--this little piece of the past--and that in some way, Mr. Rogers' words will resonate with you. I am happy to show you a sampling of the kind of man Mr. Rogers was, and what he meant to young children back in the day, and how seriously he took his responsibility as a popular media personality with the influence he had. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on what Mr. Rogers says.
I look forward, as always, to your thoughts!