I haven't seen my sister in a long time (clin d'oeil caca), the here and there facebook message but except that, not much. So it's not suprising that every thing I see kind of makes me think of her. And the last reminder of her was the movie I just saw, Fair Game. The movie is about the true story of Valerie Palme, an undercover CIA agent in the following years after 9/11, and how the White House revealed her identity, and the whole media fight that ended up ruining her career. But like every thing in the ''The opinion on...'', the post is never about the book or the movie or the painting, it's about the idea that got inspired by the book, movie, painting. So here we go, the opinion on the medias.
I've always hated journalists. It's a known fact, journalists are people not cool enough to make the news, so they write it. And I hate my sister and aunt when the journalists in them gets out. Adding to that, I'm more of a scientific guy, politics are border-line borring, but when supper time arrives, my dad (the admistrator) vs my sister (the journalists) are always making pretty good fights about politics. Did I care about those fights? Nope, I use to do small talk with my mom in those moments of world war III between my dad and my sis. However, in the last few years, I finally accpeted my role of a good citizen, being interested in politics. And seeing in a country like Mexico how democracy is not always a right (sorry but having the option between PAN and PRI is like the opinion between alien vs predetor, we lose both way), I got more intersted in the power of the media.
The medias are the anti-government, the organized voice of the people. Hearing my sister talking with her journalists friends, I would ask myself what is the difference between them and a revolution. but that's the best we, the citizens, have. They really are the democracy in any democratic country, without them, politics is just like chess, and we are the peices. They are the freedom, they don't have any filtres to what they say, the only filtre they have is the one they put on themselves, so they can keep they're credibility.
The cool thing about the media is that they're asking the questions, and even though the answer is more important then the question, they have the power of asking the good question, and by good I mean the one that will make the one answering sweat like a freshman at his first exam.
Once my dad told me, ''in the french part of Canada (where I'm from, no it's not Quebec, it's called New-Brunswick) speaking french is not enough to make us have the right to be francophone'', we have to ask for a service in french at Subway even though we speak english, and always start speaking to a stranger in french. I feel the same way about democracy, siting on your bum doesn't give you the right to vote. Talking example in my oh-so loved country, Mexico, the government is way to strong because there's no force of the media (sorry Televista, you're worst then Fox), there's no voice of the people. And even though it always embarresed me to ask for my right for a service in french, it's a necessary move to keep our rights.
So I tell you, start denonciating the electricity line that's too low, or the politician that's accepting fraude, that's us screaming, and they hear us, and they're scared, thanks to the media, the difference between the citizens sounding like a crying baby or like an actual force.
Last thing, to all my fellow canadians, go vote on May 2nd. And you may vote for Harper or Ignatieff, heck, you're maybe gonna cry because you can't vote for Obama, but what you HAVE to do is make sure you always protest, don't let you're government be to strong, make sure that the strongest voice is always the one of people, our voice.