Who is going to stand?

by Rebecca Poole, Brisbane, Australia

The media in the right hands with the right intention is such an amazing strength within a society: whilst the Finkelstein Inquiry reported that the public have a general mistrust in the media, organisations like the ABC and some reputable online platforms are still trusted and have integrity in the public eye.

Most people in Australia have never seen, experienced or felt the level of corruption that exists in some countries around the world. It is concerning that we are now seeing a high level of corruption in the Media: deliberate attempts to create stories through misrepresentation, disinformation and ‘ambush’ style stunts, as well as the publication of sensationalist stories with no intent to present a fair and balanced picture. What is even MORE concerning though, is that we, as a society, accept it as the norm.

Is our apathy going to be the end of us?

We are accepting as commonplace that the media are not about TRUTH but the generation of ratings and profit. This we accept as part of life. Last week I saw a bumper sticker on a car saying “Is it the TRUTH or was it printed in the Courier Mail?”. This is not a few people from Universal Medicine complaining about the lack of integrity in the Media – this is every single person, including people within the media industry, knowing that there is no substantial and consistent integrity . . . but just resignation to the fact that this is how the world is.

Who is going to ask for change?
Who is going to show that there is another way?
Who is going to stand for a society and way of life that we can all be proud of?

311 thoughts on “Who is going to stand?

  1. Absolutely there is resignation by many of this Is how the world is… as people have given up on hoping for more, a seemingly pointless endeavor when the only consistency offered is not in integrity but in the deception and corruption. The problem is that nothing changes when apathy is at play and people need to stand up and step out of their comfort and speak up should they ever want to live in the world we know we deserve.

  2. If you look closely where we sit as a society it is scary by the way of fact there is no common love between the people. It is all supposedly confined to the family. Even the supposed love in families is arguments and disagreements but somewhat ticking boxes to claim that it is love, and as you say Rebecca it is considered normal. For too long we have accepted the wrong end of norm..

  3. Powerfully said Rebecca. Part of standing for change is expressing publicly as you have done. We may not be able to dismantle corruption overnight but we can choose to make every movement and word we express true so that others have a true choice. Lies are always revealed for what they are and when the media unravels itself we will be ready with the truth.

  4. It’s a bit like when we choose to close off to the world because we are afraid of being rejected believing that being open and transparent would make us more prone to getting hurt so instead we go into protection – we behave as if we know what is going on and know that the truth is being compromised, and believe that choosing to not know would save us from being the victim of corruption and we would be left untouched by it. Reducing ourselves in any way, shape or form would neither protect us nor bring us what we truly deserve.

  5. Yeah, you are absolutely right. The more I’ve been willing to see truth in my life the more I’ve been aware of the level of corruption, in my own country, Australia, a place I really did not believe had any at all. I’ve been very comfortable being ignorant to everything that goes on and particularly with just accepting that the media is basically a platform for entertaining lies and sensationalism. So often, I’ve just rolled my eyes when I’ve seen tabloid news on celebrities or ‘shocking’ stories on the covers of so called women’s magazines. I’ve accepted it as the norm, that that’s just one of those dumb things that happens in life. But, now I realise that my complacency contributes to the cycle of that abuse of humanity. It’s actually not ok. And whilst, I have no intention of leading a rally on the steps of parliament, I know that I can contribute by starting to talk about it, discuss it with those in my life and get the conversation happening.

  6. We seem to have lost connection to the power we each have to bring about change, and to the understanding that our society is our society – it’s not up to others to set the standards (such as the media), it’s up to us the people. That which makes up our society comes from supply and demand, if we do not have a demand for sensationalist press they can’t continue to supply it.

  7. We currently have the elections happening in the UK and the BBC has been so biased to the current government staying in power that it has been described as propaganda. The BBC is meant to be the bastion of impartial reporting, I have been shocked by how blatant the bias is, and confused as to why it should be so, I understand from those papers who are owned by moguls that they will be influenced. But I should not be shocked as the whole media is corrupt and without the purpose of sharing truth with the masses. As we for the most part live in very comfortable lies it is a reflection of the level of abuse we allow in all areas of life. It is time for us to become much more loving in our own lives, from there we will be able to bring about change.

  8. Normalised and systematic abuse – this is what so much of our media industry peddles as ‘news’, which we cynically yet just as apathetically today recognise as ‘fake news’.

  9. It is us, humanity that feed the power that the media have in the world today, if we don’t stand up individually and collectively to the lies and abuse that most of the media represent then we will continue to have a corrupt and biased media. By allowing lies and corruption in our own lives we become blind and resigned to the lies put out by the media.

  10. There is an enormous responsibility when we realise that the energy with which we say every word is carried in the energy throughout the Universe.

  11. A testimonial from someone who has experienced the care of Universal Medicine. Three months of truth instead of 3 minutes in order to concoct a defamatory picture.

  12. Corruption in many other countries is quite visible and obvious. In Australia it is much sneakier. The newspapers get away with printing lies and who really questions it or takes a stand?

    1. This is the case in pretty much all the developed countries. The media being owned by a small number, the ruling conglomerates that personify the perversion and abuse of capitalism – for the modus operandi has nothing to do with service and everything to do with fortune and greed. Age-old, dressed up in modern clothing – the insatiable desire for greed and the collective capitulation of a populace that has chosen to silence itself and tacitly enjoin, remains the name of the game in the media today.

  13. If an inquiry to your profession such as in this case media indicated that the public have general mistrust in your profession would your profession not collectively work together to correct that fact?

  14. Such a great insight… we as a society do allow the malaise that is in the media, we buy trashy newspapers and magazines, we watch rubbish television. We have to make a change, each one of us. Once we stop buying, they (the media) will listen.

  15. We see the rot and we do know… but then we shut our eyes in a resignation that cuts us down into pieces. We shrug our shoulders and in the pain of giving up the truth we so deeply cherish, we try to abate it by doing the one thing that hurts us even more – we enjoin, we sell out, we put our money into the hands of those that manufacture the rot in the guise of the newspapers, magazines, mind-numbing television etc. It’s a supply fed by our own unrequited hurts that are perversely satiated by the longing to compensate for the constant pain of having walked away from our love in the very first place.

  16. If we see something that is out of place or out of line and we turn a blind eye or just allow it to continue because it doesn’t effect us directly then this is actually support for whatever it is. It’s not support like we think but it by the mere fact of us not pulling it back in line allows it to continue and then at a place down the track a norm is created. Norm’s aren’t consistent, they move and all they are is a collect view of a group with no regard to the quality of that view. Norm’s aren’t to be followed or ignored, like all things they are to be discerned and seen overall and if their quality is a further step away from a point that is considered decent then they are to be pulled back.

  17. Succinct, simple yet very powerful Rebecca. It is incumbent on all of us to expect nothing less than the truth in all aspects of reporting; in fact in all aspects of life.

  18. I do not believe it is going to be them or us but I do feel that it has to get even worse before we, except for a very few, are willing to stand up and be counted. The apathy and the belief that our voice is insignificant are both extremely strong but both very wrong.

  19. There is a lot of mistrust in society about the media and what has now become ‘cut and paste’ journalism. The fact that there is so many untruths written and then with the internet and social media, the stories just spread like wild fire without any concern or care for who it impacts or whether it is true or not. This is what we are accepting every day, so we are also feeding this unhealthy cycle.

  20. Without a standard of decency, respect and integrity with and for everyone equally as a posture in life, a range of values we as society not just agree on but live by we cannot expect to have a media or any other industry being of such qualities. It starts with us, every single one in the way we are with ourselves, family, neighbours, how we go to work, in the supermarket etc. What every single one´s expression brought to life every day in every thing that we do makes the quality of the life we live, the society and humanity we are part of.

  21. Do we wanna know the truth about what is going on in life or only our opinions, prejudices, images being confirmed and circulated? We need to choose the kind of communication and information we want to provide and be provided with.

  22. I couldn’t help but hear the words of a Robbie Boyd song Whose Standing in Your Way? In the song it is clear that we stand in our own way. It is clear that we are the media. In the way that we communicate we can have much more integrity and alignment with Truth, we can share how we feel without emotion or agenda but from a solid place of power and authority.

  23. If we dont ask for a change – truth, then there will be no activity coming for it. So we must have to make our hands dirty first. Truly stand for what is true in our life. Then the rest will follow.. By our free will.

  24. It is very disturbing when we think that we are living in a country where our rights are preserved and we think we are free, and then realise in fact we are actually constantly being fed lies and corruption. Apathy feels like a cover for the hurt we actually feel inside – like putting on a brave face as if nothing can hurt us, not wanting to say to the world that we deserve more. Asking for integrity is in no way a whinge.

  25. There is a demand for lies otherwise we would do something about it. We love gossip and drama even if it is untrue. Having conversations about others and what they are up to keeps us focusing on them rather than taking responsibility for our own lives. Standing up by not allowing myself to be drawn in and indulge in lies in my own life is certainly supporting me to not feed the system.

  26. It is our disengagement from life that gives the power to the media it has now. We must see the truth behind that which reflects to us by all means. when the media is only going for sensation and creating separation, what then does that say about us individually and as a collective?

  27. That is the thing with corruption. We have identified specific areas of life and we have worked hard to circumscribe corruption to them. At the same time, in matters of corruption we bring comparison to it (e.g., we are less corrupt than ….in this area). Comparison works great if corruption is not obvious at the surface. If this is the case, you breath in relief. This is not our problem….
    Yet, We are not so keen to feel whether there is something beyond surface level or whether there is corruption somewhere else and even less whether if any, we contribute to it. In corruption, like in tango, there are always two parties to it. So, the laws of supply and demand are at work.

  28. I feel that the more we understand the truth of our responsibilities in this life and this world, the less people will buy into this kind of media activity and hence the demand for it will fall. It is also possible that those who write such ‘stories’ will come to a place of greater responsibility within themselves too – just as some journalists already have – and see how what much what they have allowed to be expressed through them contributes to the abuses and disharmony in our societies.

  29. We can each choose to stand and speak in simple ways to say and live what is true. It’s the standing by and saying nothing while something is clearly disturbing that creates more disturbance. Silence isn’t peace it’s denial and complicit.

  30. As a public group we seem to just want to pull the cover over our eyes and assume the media are respectful, trustworthy and truthful. The facts are the media is a group of people who have different pressures and expectations on them. Their behaviour is different for each person, and organisation. It is up to the public to hold them accountable to a code of conduct that does not include the behaviour we currently accept.

  31. We love to complain about things amongst each other but often we as a humanity don’t step forward, stick our neck out and ask for the change that is so needed. It is almost like we like the struggle in a way because it makes it seem it is too hard to make a change even though we could if we truly wanted. The question is are we ready for true love in life?

  32. It’s been fascinating to observe recent events in society as someone breaks rank, to out the abuse they’ve seen. Whilst there may be a huge way to go, these events seem hugely significant for they support other people to know you can speak up – and there is a ripple effect. Whether we are ‘successful’ or not what you show here Rebecca is how we ground a truth that other people can feel as well and build on. This is how corruption is changed. Imagine 7 billion of us speaking out again what’s wrong. One way or the other that is what we are moving towards.

  33. We seem to be accepting lower and lower standards in many parts of life, definitely including all forms of media, and we are just standing by and letting it all happen. In my local community issues that affect us directly get spoken up about, letters to the council and local paper get written etc, sometimes large numbers of people gather to protest or show support for an issue. That’s great as the power needs to be with us all equally and not given away to politicians (who represent us), however the bigger issues like corruption in the media also have a tremendous effect on us all. It might not seem as immediate as a local issue but it erodes away at our community standards.

  34. We all have those things inside of us that we know are true, that we are here to do. But do we honour them? Or we let them slide by and wait for our next pay cheque and episode of the soap opera to arrive? My feeling is so many of us deny our own potential and power, to take the easy road and comfortable way out. But as you show Rebecca it truly is not as easy as we think but leaves us all so much poorer. It’s time we saw the truth is much more than nice words and pretty sentiments but actually a Livingness of true actions.

  35. It is deeply harmful in many more ways than we care or dare to acknowledge to accept lies and abuse as we do, and then we wonder at all the conflict and suffering in the world as if it has nothing to do with us.

  36. As a society we accept too many things that are down right horrid, abusive and just not true, just look at the contents on the internet. Why as a collective have we allowed our standards to drop so low? Why are we not willing to see truth? Could it be we are avoiding a deeper lie we have incased ourselves in?

  37. ‘We are accepting as commonplace that the media are not about TRUTH but the generation of ratings and profit.’ When truth can change the society we live in, we have to question the media’s responsibility if they are willing to put profit and ratings above humanity itself.

  38. Great questions to end this article. We all can make a change by starting writing truth our selves and secondly expressing that we want true media, indicating where media is expressing false stories, speaking up and not brushing it aside.

  39. It’s one thing to know that things aren’t quite right another to speak out, but in a loving way. This world thinks it’s only possible to angrily stone to make your point when in fact the strength of expression of commitment to love is the most impactful thing. Trying to battle force with force is a loose loose game. Thank you Rebecca.

  40. We think taking a stand is holding a banner or placard, and yes maybe that can be part of it. But what if the essential bit is breathing, moving and living in a quality that aligns with the truth? What if making a stand is physically choosing love? It might not seem such a big thing to do, but in my experience there are many forces that oppose this way, so I can only deduce that it must be an incredibly powerful thing to choose. Thank you Rebecca for the inspiration.

  41. I agree Rebecca, we have normalised and accepted the lack of true reporting by some of the media for a long time now. Each one of us holds a responsibility to express the truth and to not feed the media in anyway by buying trashy papers or watching the news, for if sales go down the media would have to be accountable and may start to be open to hearing the truth.

  42. It is us who are responsible for the quality of the media.
    The lies is because we want to see lies.
    As it is easy, on the moment we want to see truth we break open the current systems and truth will reveal itself.

  43. It is easy to look at the state of humanity and the behaviors and choices being made and to throw our hands up in the air in despair. But is this simply a convenient way to say that I can see the rot, but don’t want to be responsible for my part in it?

  44. Outing the behaviors of such institutions as the media can only ever begin with first outing our own behaviors that are going against the quality of living we innately feel is there waiting to be lived. This quality can only be lived on a grander scale if there are those who are willing to live it, and to do so unashamedly, so it is seen and felt by all.

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