What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Advocacy for victims

Newspapers today are little more than money making machines. They sell ads. They don't change or improve their community. This is a video I found tonight about how Peter Gabriel and other celebrities are helping put video cameras into the hands of people so they can document the abuses in their countries.

Americans have it relatively easy now....but that will change when the economy changes in the next decade. Meanwhile - see how citizen journalists in other countries use video cameras responsibly. Click here.

Now - imagine how Danville could change if citizen journalists used their cell phone cameras, video cameras and time to document community and share community. Many of you are already video-taping events and documenting those with your churches, families and friends. What if you could do that so everyone could witness it? Of course the Register & Bee will jump up and down and encourage you to submit your stuff there - but if you do that it will attract viewers and simply make The Danville Register & Bee more money. Instead - start a blog. It's free. You can post your video to YouTube and link it to your blog - all free.

Even better - use Adsense to put ads on your webpage and make money for your church or your community. It's possible. Become citizen journalists and document your own history. Then - if the paper wants to link TO your site YOU make the money.

Check it out. Go to www.wordpress.com or www.blogger.com and try creating your own site. It's free, easy and fun. If you want more challenge - go to www.squidoo.com and make lots of free sites!

But use your video, your camera, your writing and your community to HELP your organization, NOT to humiliate women. And those of you being bullied? A blog and some video is a way to expose the bully, to feel empowered yourself and to develop that intelligence and ability you have that makes bullies want to bully.

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