Something to think about …. “Media Role …. ?”!!


~~July 23, 2016~~ 


By Yasmin Jiwani

As a major institution in society, the media play a critical role

They provide us with definitions about who we are as a nation; they reinforce our values and norms; they give us concrete examples of what happens to those who transgress these norms; and most importantly, they perpetuate certain ways of seeing the world and peoples within that world.

Media and Racism: How then do the media perpetuate racism?

The media do not stand in isolation from the society on which they report. In fact, they are an integral part of society.

They utilize the same stock of knowledge that is part of that pool of “common sense” which informs all of our lives. It is common sense to expect punishment if one has committed a crime; it is common sense to have a system of law and order; it is common sense that some people will make more money than others.

This pool of common sense knowledge is a reservoir of all our unstated, taken-for-granted assumptions about the world we live in. It is filled with historical traces of previous systems of thought and belief structures.

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Family is more than blood …. it’s those who are there!!

~~September 24, 2014~~ 

We frequently wonder about the meaning of family.

Society dictates that family are those who are within your immediate circle, related, connected by blood. I argue that many time this may not be the case. I’m not in any way saying that functional families do not exist. I’m saying that frequently we learn who our “family” is as we experience life’s trial and tribulations. 

I know people who lack that connection to their blood relatives. Many are taken for granted, put down, disrespected, emotionally abused, taken advantage of, robbed of their possessions, ignored, disenfranchised. 

These family ties are established by genetics. These can’t be chosen. 

The real family is chosen by every individual …. these ties are real, more lasting and voluntary. These ties hold steadfastly, weathering storms, upheavals and still survive. Family is about being there when you need them most. 




We ALL are ONE!!