In my last post I noted the reporting of Jesse Jackson’s not-so-private remarks made on the set of FoxNews. One of the things that Americans of all political colors are generally united against is censorship of any kind, primarily due to the cultural significance of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I wondering if my aversion to censorship in Jamaica is a result of … Continue reading Censorship in America
Increasingly I am of the opinion that the muddled thinking in op-eds and ridiculous assertions in news pieces are the motive behind the fear that has prevented our local media from employing reader feedback systems like comments and forums. Especially given our people’s capacity for cheekiness. Knowing that comments will be made on their writing tends to have an improving effect on a writer as … Continue reading Uncritical Acclaim
There can be no denying that Clovis is a talented illustrator and satirist. Las May is the only other regular political/social cartoonist in Jamaica enjoying wide publication and there is simply no comparison as Clovis is in color and more colorful! Which is exactly why Clovis’ renderings are heart-rending for their partisan attacks on PNP politicians, and for the flagrantly misogynistic and homophobic cheap-shot humor … Continue reading Come up for air, Clovis
On the first page of Chapter 1 in his book Manufacturing Consent, Noam Chomsky points out that mass media serves as a propaganda system for wealthy class interests. In countries where the levers of power are in the hands of a state bureaucracy, the monopolistic control over the media, often supplemented by official censorship, makes it clear that the media serves the ends of a dominant elite. It … Continue reading Propaganda: Poppyshow have dem gang
Jamaica Gleaner op-ed columnist Vernon Daley tells a harrowing tale in today’s column titled “Beware the Panic Button.” He was a passer-by shortly after the shooting of (7) seven people in a drive-by shooting, and his passengers, shaken after witnessing the horrors of that crime’s aftermath expressed a desire to see a “shoot first, questions after” model of policing take effect in Jamaica. Is the solution really to … Continue reading The “Shoot Poor People” School of Crime Fighting
Some years ago an advertisement for the fast food restaurant Wendy’s made the phrase “Where’s the beef?” part of American culture as a means of questioning the substance of something. Today as I read the Gleaner and Observer I found two articles that said pretty much nothing. I will quote form them generously so their full context cannot be lost. The first one is among … Continue reading Wey di beef deh?
Note to the reader: This this the first is a series of posts on the many deficiencies of the Jamaican media that I will undertake, especially focusing on the failures of the print media in Jamaica. Below is an email sent to the editor at the Sunday Gleaner. Of course it was harshly critical so they didn’t publish it. The email text is published unaltered; … Continue reading Wha pass fi news a Jamaica