Guest post - What can I do about it?

May 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Hello GHZ Photography fans! Here’s a short post to tell you about my blog, “What Can I Do About It?

Caption: Option 2: I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any more…

Option 2: I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it any more…

I set up my blog, “What Can I Do About It?”, in November 2012 under the premise that there comes a point in life where a person sees some of the bad things going on in the world and thinks, “this ain’t right, I gotta do something about it!” At this point there is a choice: 1) you can decide that it’s all too much and one person couldn’t possibly make a difference so you might as well bury your head in the sand and go back to watching X Factor, 2) open your window and shout “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” hoping to start a chain reaction across the city, or 3) rationally try to do something about “it”.

 

So the blog is recording my thoughts and efforts to try to have an impact of some of the problems I see, starting mainly with child protection, media bias (the BBC in particular), violence against women, and how to get individuals and communities more involved in participation and activism.

 

If you fancy something to read after you’ve finished checking out GHZ Photography’s awesome output, then these are probably my 5 best posts so far:

 

  1. Manufacturing Your Apathy, A Case Study: Police & Crime Commissioner Elections - about how voter apathy benefits politicians in the short term, but is massively dangerous in the long term (e.g. the rise of the far right). Article contains journalism!

 

Caption: Voter apathy may suit the mainstream political parties in the short-term, but the long-term dangers to society could be catastrophic.

  1. Mary Whitehouse versus PIE and the Home Office (1978) – resurrects the tattered image of one of our greatest citizens and suggests that we have not come very far in 35 years on child protection. Contains research!

Caption: Voter apathy may suit the mainstream political parties in the short-term, but the long-term dangers to society could be catastrophic.

Caption: Mary Whitehouse, Merlyn Rees (Home Secretary), Geoffrey Dickens MP

 

  1. Q: Should parents, families and communities be the first line of child protection? A: No, not according to Edward Timpson MP – Minister for Children and Families – exposing the Government’s willingness to absolve responsibility for child protection to local authorities. Also contains journalism!
  1. Activism: the do want to’s, the don’t realises, the might want to’s and the don’t want to’s – where should efforts be targeted to help empower people and communities? Why do some people become activists when others don’t?

 

 

Caption: From left to right: Activists of yesterday, activists of tomorrow, and people who like things just the way they are.

 

  1. Savile and how he got away with it: The 3 questions everyone needs to consider - looking at the "he groomed a nation”, “it was a different world back then”, and the “Savile was part of powerful paedophile, Masonic and criminal networks which afforded him protection” arguments.
  1. FOI release shows how BBC editorial bias is preventing critical debate on rape – investigating why the BBC chose to omit the very important Steubenville news story. This article featured on Mumsnet.

Caption: The BBC censor Steubenville: FOI release throws light on biased BBC editorial decision-making.

New posts I am working on now include: how to derail the system step by step, adapting McPherson to label the UK Government as ‘institutionally discriminatory towards children and young people’, more on the BBC’s biased reporting, more on West Yorkshire Police, more on child protection, volunteering as activism, possibly a David Cameron exclusive, maybe some sociological experiments and definitely a public transport survival toolkit.

You can find me on twitter @cockburn_john.

 

 


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