The words ‘free press’ are always going to get my attention, and not only because I once worked at – and adored — a daily independent newspaper whose editor was known for straight-talking opinion pieces. By the time it was shuttered by the military dictatorship that took over my country, I was – unlike said editor — safely out of harm’s way, and yet I felt the loss. Freedom of speech is a given in Western democracies, and we’ve made heroes of comedians like Jon Stewart for their sharp, fearless pursuit of what’s real. And yet…
We live with media 24/7, steadily exposed to sophisticated and nuanced blurring of facts, opinion and motivational message. Anyone can learn to Tweet effectively. On Facebook, you can be Someone. Where are the fact-checkers? Facts are ‘marketed’ so they can be easily digested by the targeted demographic (see my last post). Most of us get our news from television and the Internet, attention grabbing clips repeated, sound bites (like political slogans) designed to lodge in brains made lazy by a steady barrage of infotainment. Wag the Dog, all over again. Or TMI?
So why relaunch Transition Free Press (May 2014), a print newspaper you can hold in your hands, copy, highlight, and pass around? It seems so throwback, retro, so slow. Exactly!
…many of us want to explore and voice another sound, another story. One of those stories is about the Transition movement, in essence how we, as a people and as a network, respond to the triple drivers of climate change, resource depletion and economic breakdown.
[Transition Free Press] is a publication in its own right: it is not part of a corporate strategy, or a mainstream business. It is pure editorial run by seasoned Transitioners, and in a time where the media is controlled every which way by government propaganda that is an extraordinary thing. ~ Charlotte Du Cann, editor
Here’s my gift to you: a sample edition of Transition Free Press. http://issuu.com/transitionfreepress/docs/tfp_1final_online to page through on your screen (for now). If you’ve wondered how people all over the world are responding to crisis…You can in the space of a few minutes flick through 24 pages and see what Transition means as a culture, a whole new way of living on the planet. It’s a multi-voiced operation. It’s a We thing. During the pilot over 100 contributors wrote stories, telling us about their projects, writing them from the field, from experience. Here I am! Here we are!
Embrace it. Become a subscriber (I did). Share Transition Free Press with your Transition group or wanna be’s. Talk about it. Learn from it. Slow news we can trust and put to use.
Charlotte Du Cann also writes a stunningly erudite blog at Charlotteducann.blogspot.co.uk,