While watching 1989 documentary Tongues Untied I found it interesting that Riggs seems to suggest that some forms of knowledge can only be received by identifying with someone else’s experiences. This reflects the social movements at the time where people where attempting to speak their truth. PBS received heavy criticism from conservative groups after the airing of Tongues Untied and it brings up the idea of censorship and accessibility in the media. Riggs sums this up well in his essay in Current where he asked “who is to have access to so-called “public” media and on what terms?”. Many PBS channels pushed back the airing of the documentary to a later time and it is clear that this is due to economic pressures. Shouldn’t public broadcasting stations be harder to sway? Many stations claimed it was more to do with the language rather than the subject matter, but this is still a form of censorship.

 

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  1. I also have that rhetorical question of “Shouldn’t public broadcasting stations be harder to sway?” Sadly I feel that everything in mass media now is easily swayed to one side or the other, especially news sources like pubic broadcasting stations.

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