What is “A Broad Spectrum?”
This is a personal media site.
I believe in and support pedestrian media. Here is my personal contribution.
My experience is vast and deep in a number of areas and includes teaching a wide variety of college courses over three decades. I strongly urge students’ to analyze, test, and question the media they consume. Seeing is not believing.
On this blog I am broadening my classroom to an unlimited number of seats, and there is no mandatory attendance, testing, or grading. So pop in now and again for a few minutes. I will do my best to entertain and inform.
Thanks to the Internet, we all greatly benefit by gaining access to media content produced by individuals from all across the globe. I am certainly grateful for this learning and teaching venue and continue to marvel at it.
I feel compelled to step to the plate and share some insights, and perhaps these contributions will capture a reader’s interest now and again.
This media site serves altruistic and selfish goals. It is the same motivation behind anything one crafts with their hands and mind.
Please accept a sincere “thank you” for reading my commentary. Time spent with me is always a gracious gift whether it is in person or from a distance.
If you don’t like my commentary, post a counter comment, start your own site, or just move along, but thanks for reading in any case.
In the classroom it is always my practice to encourage people to boldly present their opinion, rationally, respectfully, with great passion, and humor too. Good debate is good learning. So leave me a note.
The 20th century top down structure of mass media is under replacement by a lateral model; it is a massive shift. Information no longer moves exclusively from the top down.
Information now moves from one point to many, up, down, sideways, and person-to-person-to-many. The web allows great lateral movement of information. It is an empowering tool for individual insight and opinion sharing with the masses.
Information is not conjured into existence by a few at the top of the “news” pyramid and then distributed for mass consumption. Do not be fooled by the premise that top down is superior! Expert opinion and insight abound, and are no longer the exclusive domain of a centralized distribution company.
There are many people with great experience, knowledge, imagination, much to share, and say. At this moment there is minimal barrier to entry for people who want to share their experience, insight, or opinion with a global audience. The start-up costs are low. The potential audience is truly global, and even language barriers are melting away with instant translation.
A tremendous epoch in human history is upon us.
I grew up hearing about the “marketplace of ideas,” and I believe it is finally upon us. Thank goodness news, information, commentary, and human “intelligence” are no longer tightly controlled by a few gatekeepers.
Great ideas and insight abound. Information competition is grist for a vibrant republic. Full public access to information is the healthiest diet for sustaining individual freedoms.
We must continue to demand full access! The more the merrier in the marketplace of ideas. Each of us manages our own human intelligence network. We each gather our own HUMINT (human intelligence), edit, analyze, summarize, and share it.
Here’s a toast to pedestrian media, unfettered information competition, freedom of choice, freedom of expression, and open access to the most accurate information sources available.
Power to the masses and not the masters. Cheers!
Now go, and conquer the day! Oh, and cancel your cable tier package subscription. Try not to feed the mega-corporate media monsters. Proceed.
Steven A. Schwab
“Everyone is an Individual Intelligence Agency”