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Posted by Sadie from D006157.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 3:35PM :

In Reply to: Re: Meeting with the UN... posted by Sadie from D006135.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Sunday, February 16, 2003 at 2:25PM :

: Bush et. al know their popularity will decrease by a lot. The media is another matter, though - they are more concerned about ratings than anything else, hence the attrocious hype about "war" & "terror". I wonder what would happen if there was a massive boycott, as part of the protest movement, of all things mainstream media - TV & mainstream news outlets on the web? All one needs for news coverage these days is what one can read from alternative news sources on the web, anyway. What would happen if news ratings decreased dramatically? & if the media started covering things from a pro-peace perspective, we could start resume watching the news again, increase news ratings, to sort of show support for that type of message?

xxx Sorry, that was not a good idea... TV ratings are very difficult to change short term... & it's a very indirect method of changing news perspective on mainstream TV. I suppose, since one can't write letters to the editor to be printed or read on TV news, one can try to directly change the way news coverage is biased by writing letters to whoever is in charge of things at a corporate news network - locally or nationally, & recruiting many other people to do the same? I suppose one would suggest boycotting TV news programs as a good way to stay sane, though... Perhaps a boycott is a good idea for internet users, as many websites document traffic as a way of measuring relative "popularity".

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