ABOUT REAL MEDIA REAL CHANGE
Real Media Real Change (RMRC) consists of everyday members of the public who come together with a common purpose: We are inspired about the possibilities for ‘people and communication’. We are committed to supporting and cultivating environments that foster true care and respect, online and off. We are inspired by the possibility that we might one day have a Media that puts people before ‘page views’ and paper sales.
And we realise that change starts with us.
RMRC aims to raise awareness about the effects of ill-communication in the digital age, to advocate for change and to support the change-makers to make policy that supports greater care and well-being for people in our communities.
We celebrate a collaborative approach to support change and are open to developing continuing relationships with individuals and professional and community organisations toward a shared vision for health and well-being in our community.
We are also aware of how important it is to be the change we want to see. Social Media is not the enemy and the Media is not the enemy. To quote a Facebook picture post – “We blame society but we are Society.”
Through a self-responsible approach we can start to be a public that deeply cares for the broader health and well-being of its citizens. For too long we have allowed an ideal of 'freedom' to imprison us. That one of our most sacrosanct principles - Freedom of Speech - has been co-opted as an excuse to wantonly abuse others online is no longer tolerable as the instances of anxiety, depression and suicide continue to highlight the very real cost of such abuse. Not to mention the unseen cost in the silencing and oppression that such abuse engenders in the general population.
Changing our media and our online communication need not be a complicated undertaking. Is the communication harmful or malicious? Does it demean or dehumanize? If yes, then let’s be done with it. Let’s call it out and call it to account. It is time to put the common back into ‘common decency’. It is time to claim back our right to uphold a standard of respectful communication among fellow human beings. The time for change has come.
We look forward to collaborating with the community to make these changes a reality.
The RMRC Team
For more information contact:
RMRC Director: Sarah Davis