Words and stories have great power. By amplifying and focusing that power, the media can and do change the course of history.
At the moment, the “mainstream,” corporate media, embedded as they are in the neoliberal capitalist system, work insidiously and effectively to manufacture consent* for wars of aggression, for colonialism, for racism and for other forms of oppression. They inculcate the desire for pointless aspirations and status symbols. And they enable us, en masse, as if sleepwalking, to proceed with the casual, brutal, ultimately suicidal destruction of our habitat, in the name of progress and other justifications. The media are taking our collective story in the absolutely wrong direction.
ReStory explores the potential of news journalism to help restore the connections between and among people and nature, rather than negating them.
It presents an alternative news agenda that shows how healthy systems of livelihoods and economics are possible, workable and on their way.
And, in carefully considering the stories to be prioritised and how framing can be used to promote positive, mutually-respectful values, rather than those of dominion and control, ReStory aims to identify and reorient the hidden messages in how the media reports news, and, ultimately, to present and help manifest a restorative story of the human journey.
*ref. Herman & Chomsky’s propaganda model