Sunday, October 17, 2010

A New Website



I've pretty much distanced myself from mainstream media - especially news programs. The condensation of ownership over the last several years of all the news outlets to only ten companies is very worrisome. Only a few years ago it was 27. Now it's ten. Ten companies are deciding what they will allow us to know about our world. They have us feeding on fear, anger, and hate, in my opinion. I'm much more interested in moving forward. For that we need new information.

I've found a new website I would like to share with you. The Conscious Media Network. I have been spending large tracks of time over the last week or so listening to in-depth interviews with some the authors I've done book reviews on, people I've only heard about, and some that I am so thankful to have been introduced through this medium. (Barbara Marx Hubbard, Women Waking to Purpose, is one example.)

I can't say that I agree with everything everyone has said in these interviews. Some of this stuff is really out there. But the interviews have been done in such a way as to allow the interviewee to be able to explain their theories, thoughts, beliefs, paradigms, in a respectful and calm atmosphere without the hyperbole so common in media today. There is much to choose from. Intelligent, well educated, many of these people are at the top of their respective fields.

You can sign up for three days, free of charge, join for $5 per month or $50 per year. I used my free three days and then joined for a year. Many of you will say it should be free, but please keep in mind that we all have to make a living. This husband and wife team are providing a service. Parts of the website are completely free. It's clear they travel to all parts of the country and world to get these interviews. She also does Regina's Vegetarian Table on PBS, has written two cookbooks, and has a blog. If you're interested you can find the website here.

13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

interesting...i will definitely give it a try for 3 days...what is there to lose...

~JarieLyn~ said...

Sounds like a good deal to me and I agree with you about main stream media. I do my best to distance myself from all the news as well.

DJan said...

Me too! You never know when something like this might turn out to be a new direction that I was meant to be going towards. Thanks, Nancy!

luksky said...

I NEVER watch the news. I am a believer in "what you don't know won't hurt you"...lol

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Off to take a peek. You uncover the most intriguing veins of gold, Nancy!

Gaston Studio said...

Will investigate this little nugget Nancy; thanks for sharing.

The Good Cook said...

Nancy,
You are so right - mainstream media has sold us out and now reports only what their "sponsors" want us to hear. Thanks for the info - I'm off to check it out.

susan said...

I've bookmarked it for now and will have a look later.

So far as news is concerned we haven't watched television in at least 12 years. However, I do think it's important that we as citizens keep an eye on events. There are some excellent editorials on news websites and even though what we read is often depressing I believe it's our duty to witness.

Lori said...

Yep this is exactly why I stopped listening and watching the regular news and many of the other ones. Thank you for letting us know about this and you are right people do have to make a living. XX

linda said...

thanks nancy, it looks fascinating ... i shall check it out, i agree, all news stations/channels seem one and the same for the most part, tho i do think NPR is different from the rest, do not know who owns them other than public radio or the public as in the investors of public radio stations or some such....now you have me wondering. good thing, my dear. i NEVER watch TV news so wouldn't even know anymore. disgusting stuff, that.
xox

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am so sick of the ads that I hear before I can mute the noise. The news is not much better and like you, I don't watch it. I do get the weather forecast, but it is seldom right..... I will have to take a look at this. We have a lively group here on the weekends and politics is a hot subject when they are in the store for breakfast.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for da tip!


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Deborah said...

Hi Nancy,

I've been over there to take a quick look and will take more time later to investigate the site. It's certainly a good idea to gather information from a variety of sources and not limit yourself to mainstream media but I don't quite understand the reason behind a desire to withdraw from the news.
While I do agree that you have to be a heck of a critical thinker these days and can't always rely on the media to present a balanced view of events, politics etc, I see this withdrawal as a kind of ostrich reaction.
It may well be that my experience with the media over here in France (I also get my news from Canadian and British sources plus Time magazine) is different from your own experience in the US. I don't think the news is delivered in an unbiased way, but neither do I find it overwhelmingly negatively presented.