Friday, 11 May 2018

A Brief Introduction to the Gentle Journalism Movement

When you think about journalism, do you usually consider it in terms of gentleness?

Many people mistake gentleness for weakness.

Gentle journalism is never weak.  Gentleness is its strength.

Gentle journalism never expresses hostility.  Its practitioners refuse to give voice to aggression.

Yet aggression is prevalent in many cultures.  It is often ignored, or dismissed as normal.

Learning to be gentle can be difficult when aggressive people do not acknowledge their behaviour to be aggressive.  Aggressive people often believe their actions are a sign of strength, and possibly even success.

A gentle person is considerate.  Around other gentle people, such a person is amiable.

Gentle people are not quarrelsome.  They discuss incompatibilities reasonably.

Have you ever been part of a gentle cultural movement?

Have you ever been part of a gentle social movement?

Unfortunately, many people put on a mask of relative gentleness to hide the abuses they either perpetrate or suffer.

The gentle journalism movement encourages victims of abuses to remove their own masks, and those of predators, while respecting privacy.

How have you developed the qualities of a gentle person?

How have you developed goodwill with other gentle people?

How can you prove you are a respectfully observant sort of person?

What is gentleness and how do you value it?

How do you express gentleness?

When people are rude to you, or to anyone else for that matter, do you experience cognitive dissonance?

How do you usually respond to inconsiderate actions and insensitive behaviours?  Does your response depend on whether rudeness is caused by ignorance or aggression?

Obsessive persons have a tendency to be inconsiderate.

Persons in considerable distress may often be perceived as inconsiderate.

Aggressive journalists, narcissistic media commentators, selfish entertainers and malicious politicians have a tendency towards inconsideration.

How do you confront meanness through the expression of the golden mean?

What have you discovered about gentleness as expressed in history?

What have you discovered about moderation as expressed in various times and places?

Who are the gentry of today and what is their influence in the world?

Who are the gentlemen and gentlewomen and other gentle persons, and what are their common characteristics?

What are your attitudes towards gentrification?

What do you believe to be the etiquette followed within the gentle journalism movement?

Do you consciously or unconsciously conform to that etiquette in your daily life?

Do you collect quotes about gentleness?

Do you avoid interactions with aggressive persons?

Politically, the gentle journalism movement sits at the centre of the political spectrum. Its practitioners know that gentleness should always have precedence over aggression.

The strength of the movement is that it never distorts justice.  No gentle journalist would resort to false equivalence in the name of objectivity.

Many gentle journalists, including gentle citizen-journalists, begin their investigations by identifying falsity.  They uncover hypocrisy and other forms of deception.  They constantly search for the truth of problems.

As a consequence, gentle journalism is not funded by advertising, or through sponsorship by vested interests.

The only truly independent and therefore ethical journalism is gentle journalism.

How, then, is it funded?

That is a subject for part two in this series.

If you want to attend the presentation, it is likely to take place in the Adagia Rooms.

Do you currently work in the media?

Further reading:

Supporting gentleness