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|From: Eliot Hurwitz (Eliot_Hurwitzadidam.org)|
|Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 20:50:49 -0500|
A typical Washington Post cute story - light on the substance, heavy on the attitude. Placement on the front page of the Outlook section is where, along with the daily Style section, the Post features this kind of material. Of COURSE it does little to serve any real appreciation for the actual subtlties of CoHousing or intentional communities and the ways in which these alternatives are important explorations of our cultural options. This is not the point of the piece. Pity. In general, I think that with mass media exposure it is extremely difficult to pull off a positive presentation of any non-mainstream issue, unless you have a writer/producer who is really educated and committed to presenting a thoughtful piece. And even then, the pressures from editors to preserve a kind of cynical, skeptical tone, to "balance" a positive view with some (however bogus) negative opinion, make this kind of media communication hazardous. My feeling is that much more is accomplished in the direct longer term, person-to-person relationship that each community builds with its neighbors and "significant others" (bankers, local government, family etc.). This is the only kind of insurance I know that can innoculate non-mainstream groups from this kind of mass media moronism. If people really know you, they will not buy the pablum. People do have, I think, a ground of healthy disrespect for what they see in the media and this is confirmed when people realize, because they KNOW you, that the picture they're getting is not true. (This has been confirmed over and over for me especially realitve to media treatment of alternative religious movements). I wonder how the story played on Vashon Island and how this is a function of the existing relationships there. I would hope that they have already cultivated a relationship with their local paper that has been able to treat them like ordinary human beings doing something interesting!
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