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General News    H3'ed 7/21/09

OUR ENDLESS ICONOMANIA: MICHAEL, WALTER AND NELSON

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"67 minutes of service" is hardly a lifetime of struggle. Forgive me my skepticism. I am not really a bad news bear, but really?


Michael Jackson gave us We Are The World. Can we live it, not just sing about it?


Walter Cronkite wanted to inform us about our society so we would care enough to change it. He was not just "Uncle Walter."


And Nelson, the man so revered as "Madiba," and who I have helped make six films about, has lessons for us to learn about organizing, commitment, collective action and fighting for what's right, despite the odds.


We do need heroes and role models to respect. We shouldn't have to wait until they die or age to honor them. The media should help us learn their lessons so we can share their passions, not sit there passively in awe until the next commercial break distracts us again.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter blogs for Mediachannel.org. He is making a film on the financial crisis as a crime story. (Newsdissector.com/plunder) Comments to dissector@mediachannel.org</strong>

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.
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