In class, I believe I talked about page 16 titled, “your government.” I acknowledged the following quote:
“A new form of “politics” is emerging, and in ways we haven’t yet noticed. The living room has become a voting booth. Participation via television in Freedom Marches, in war, revolution, pollution, and other events is changing everything,” (McLuhan 16).
I found this quote interesting because I think it says a lot about how the public involves themselves in politics today. People watch the news on a daily basis yet don’t get out to vote, or will share their opinions online but won’t attend marches or protests or really any form of real physical resistance. Are people in it for the attention nowadays or only share their ideas for likes and favorites on social media platforms. Don’t get me wrong, the media has changed the way people do engage in politics and resistance, however there are other downsides as well. In some ways it can make protests “lazy”. I think now a days it is harder to find real social justice warriors in the world.
As stated before, I do think that the media and technology have also created a lot of good when it comes to protesting and politics. This quote from page 17 proves so:
“The shock of recognition! In an electric information environment, minority groups can no longer be contained– ignored. Too many people know too much about each other. Our new environment compels commitment and participation. We have become irrevocably involved with, and responsible for, each other,” (McLuhan 17).
This quote proves how media is also making sure more people have a voice and making sure certain instances shouldn’t be ignored. I do think that in some ways people are being more desensitized to things like police brutality and school shootings despite the physical evidence, but I also think it is forcing people to not ignore it as much.
Overall, I believe that media allows more good than harm when discussing politics and whatnot, but people just have to be aware of the downsides media can have and make sure their intentions are authentic and take better action if injustices are reported. Just because the public can see it, doesn’t mean it is going to get fixed. As a society we need to hold each other even MORE accountable.