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04-28-2009, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by deandebean View Post
Of all the posts I've read on this thread (a VERY interesting one, finally), there's only one guy who got it right: don't blame the media; blame us, the fans.
It makes perfect sense, except that it's completely unrealistic.

You can't ask millions of fans of changing their behavior - it won't work for very obvious reasons. Especially when these fans get their information from the same news sources who don't cooperate to tone down their comments.

On the other hand, it is much, much, much more realistic to ask the comparatively much, much, much smaller sport medias to tone down their message. THAT has a real chance to work, because the habs have real, tangible sticks and carrots to dangle in order for such a things to work.

The number one rule of problem solving is: the persons responsible to fix the problem must have the capability to do it. The blame can be spread everywhere, but assuming we're past that and we're looking for a solution, it must come from the media. There's simply no other possibilities.

Allow me to finish with a clumsy comparison: the Ruwanda genocide was encouraged, in part, by radio personalities on the ground. These talking heads spread a message of hate for months before the begining of the murders and many were accused of inciting hate and genocide after the facts. Everybody understood that even though they didn't directly participate in the murders, they certainly deserved a fair share of the blame because they do have an important influence on their listeners.

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