Archive for June, 2007

Celebrities, Media and Justice

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: Civil Society |

Lately I have been completely disgusted with the way celebrities are being portrayed in the media, and how they can just slip through the justice system. I am not going to name any names, because that would just add to the fact that they are continuing to be talked about day in and day out, but I am sure you know who I am referring to.

Some of these “celebrities” have been crashing cars, getting drunk and doing drugs, and still they are continuously being talked about. Young minds are being told that it is okay to do these things. I know I am just preaching to the choir, but it just is not going to stop and I felt the need to rant about it for a minute!

The real punishment for these celebrities should be to not talk about them anymore. If they are in prison or got a ticket or are drinking under age the media should just automatically stop talking about them. The reason that many of them are doing it is for attention.

I don’t know much about psychology, but I do know that most rebellion comes from the need for attention. Some people achieve for attention, while others do bad. Celebrities that do bad things and get attention are going to continue seeking out press (bad or good).

I know it’s wishful thinking and a prison record is at public access, but don’t you think it would be best if we didn’t publicize it everywhere. There should be only a list in the newspaper of their name and what they did and that’s it (to help fill the needs of those that just cannot get enough, another whole subject on its own). There is far better news to be talking about, like what our country is doing around the world and the increasing economic gap we are having in the United States.

The news is always going to be bad news, so let’s talk about the bad news that actually affects us. I am not trying to under play the fact that drunk driving and drugs don’t affect us. They do, I know from experience. I am referring to the out of control acts of those that call themselves celebrities. Allowing celebrities to become infamous does not teach young people to stop drinking and doing drugs it only promotes it. On the other hand bringing poverty and war to the for front inspires (or at least we hope it does) citizens to take action.

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Reach Out

Posted on June 1, 2007. Filed under: Civil Society, Nonprofit, Social Change |

Reach out to your neighbor today. Reaching out to someone may just change their day for the better. Reaching out may also inspire them to reach out to someone else, creating a culture of neighboring.

The Points of Light Foundation is a strong supporter of the neighboring concept. The idea of neighbors helping neighbors is a new way for nonprofits to really increase positive social change within a community. Points of Light stresses the need for organizations to not just drop in and give money but to stay and help out, get to know the neighbors, find out what the community really needs, and inspire the community members to help each other out.

This concept really reminds me of the Pay it Forward initiative. If someone helps you, then you should help someone else and they help some else and so on… Its like what happens in the movie, it may be an idealistic world and only happen in a vacuum, but I believe the effort to start it will at least help a few.

Neighboring is a great concept that I think a lot of nonprofits and philanthropists need to pay attention to. I truly do think that for problems like hunger and homelessness to be turned to the positive neighbors and communities have to help each other out from the inside.

Hubert H. Humphrey says it best “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”  It really is going to take a community to positively affect the social problems our country and really the world is facing today.  We all have to work together and at a lower level, one person or government program cannot save the world if they don’t understand the position, opinions, character of those they are helping.  

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