Blog 4: Public Media
I believe that the availability of public media is extremely necessary for a community to be properly informed and in fact is one of the hallmarks of American culture. As Silver states, because the people are now the center of media, it is important that they have accurate media at their disposal. To understand the necessity of public media, it may be helpful to have a framework for what public media is. Public media is the forums used to let the public know what is going on around them. They are usually free, and can be found on public-access television stations (like PBS) or on community radio stations. Public media can be used to inform us the about the news, education, healthcare, our government, local happenings, and even entertainment. In a sense, public media help us become informed citizens that are involved in our communities.
Going off of this information, I believe that public media being available to communities is centrally important to creating informed citizens. Public media creates a sense of community connectedness, along with community awareness. Both help communities thrive and remain successful. When looking at a community such as North Korea where public media is censored and controlled, this provides a prime example for what happens when public media is not available to citizens. They only have one main news source, the Korean Central News Agency, and it is heavily controlled by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Il.
It creates a situation where freedom of speech is only an illusion, and where information is tainted and manipulated by a select few government officials. To resist a situation like this occurring in America, free public media available to the masses is our best shot.