With all the drama and negativity in the news these days it’s really hard to believe what you watch on TV as being the “truth”. My life doesn’t look like that. Does yours? The news is saturated in sensationalism. It’s a sponge for controversial topics. It has a never-ending hunger of demise that feeds on ratings like a junkie feeds on heroin. And why does it happen? Because we buy it. We as a society are hooked on drama heroin.
Many journalists on the national TV networks are relentless and laser sharp at taking people apart for the sake of creating controversy. They justify this, calling it “unbiased” media and in the interest of the public. Nothing could be further from the truth.
People these days go to TV not for reality but for NON-REALITY. That’s why Donald Trump is so popular. He doesn’t represent reality or politics or much-needed infrastructure for our developing global world. He represents anger, fighting, walls going up, sensationalism, drama, prejudice, and everything that makes a great movie. But it’s not real. It’s manufactured, precisely architected drama that’s used to play games with the media and boost “drama lover” ratings.
Once a great vehicle for news and events, the mainstream media has turned into a circus of hate and negativity. This ultimately fails us as a society because it teaches people that this behaviour is acceptable and commonplace. We dehumanize our leaders and take them apart at every turn, ultimately leaving a climate for no leadership. If our children treated each other the way our politicians do, then they would all be expelled from school. Yet we accept it and we watch it and we teach them to be this way.
With all this drama and negativity day in day out, it’s easy to get caught up in it and dragged down by it. It’s taking a toll on our health, our stress levels, our productivity and our ability to have the smartest minds in the top leadership positions. The system is not sustainable, but the smart, conscious minds of tomorrow are recognizing that today.
Those who see it clearly for what it is are taking strong steps to do the most important work of all: educate people about the important issues of the day in an open platform that allows all citizens to voice their views in a civil and respectful way – online.
Finally, we have a breakthrough. The Internet and social media, with the right minds behind them, will transform the way we tackle the difficult issues. That is exactly what Terence C. Gannon, Founder and President at VoxVolo, has done.
Canada’s energy independence is a hot topic right now with an ongoing debate about Canada’s energy infrastructure and how it will play out. People ask, why are we importing so much oil when we have so much of our own? It’s a smart question! Others are wondering whether we should build a network of pipelines such as Energy East to get Canada’s oil and gas across the country and sold to new overseas markets. There are those in favour of the pipeline; there are those who are opposed. The varying perspectives are important for all people to consider. The key is to be educated about it because energy is everyone’s business.
Terence has designed a unique solution, and you can expect to see a whole new era of open platforms emerging like this one. It is the way of the future, putting important decisions back to the masses rather than the few. Terence’s wisdom is long overdue. “We think there needs to be a place for ordinary citizens,” he says, “from along the Energy East route and all across Canada, to voice their point a view in a civil and respectful way. VoxVolo is responding to what is clearly a gap in the media where all points of view can weigh-in using an independent, neutral online platform free from the influence of politicians, government, corporations, advertisers, lobby groups, traditional mass media and even unmoderated social media. We think there needs to be a place for ordinary citizens, from along the Energy East route and all across Canada, to voice their point of view in a civil and respectful way in order to get the outcomes we collectively want.”
To understand the Energy East pipeline you can review the information published on Wikipedia. Another site that is clearly in support of the pipeline can be found at the TransCanada Energy East site. The OGM’s perspective was recently published here on TheOGM.com. An opposing perspective can be found on the Council of Canadians Energy East site. Undoubtedly there are many other sites on both sides of the issue. It’s your job to scout them out, be informed and truly know what you are talking about when it comes to making choices for your energy future.
The best thing I’ve heard to date, in terms of communication and conscious consideration for the topics of the day, is summed up in Terence’s sentiment: “In the spirit of reasonable people being able to disagree without being disagreeable.”
This is a great idea, and we hope to see platforms like this popping up everywhere! It’s time that the people of Canada stopped blaming leaders and politicians for our outcomes and truly educated themselves enough to design our own future. It’s a novel idea whose time has come. This project alone has restored my faith in humanity.
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