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From:Tom Atlee

Subjetc: Setting the stage for proactive Y2K media

Dear Y2K colleagues,

CA State Senator John Vasconcellos and Rand Martin, his chief of staff, commented on the need to deal with the Y2K panic-promoting potential of the media. I suggested a conference (preferably with lots of attendee-generated "open space" breakout sessions) involving government, media and community groups to explore the question "How can government and media best deal with Y2K on behalf of the general welfare?" Rand Martin replied that the biggest problem was the broadcast media -- and that no media take kindly to efforts by politicians to push them.

This suggests that such a conference should be convened not by the government, but by community groups or non-profits of some kind. The more I think about this question ("How can government and media best deal with Y2K on behalf of the general welfare?"), the more important it seems to me to have a public exploration of the topic by major players. The value of WISE, OPEN government-media collaboration on behalf of the public cannot be overestimated. But what would that look like? Clarifying that would be the aim of such a conference.

Does anyone here know of any organizations that might be willing to sponsor such a conference? Can you contact them? (I don't have resources to follow up on this at this time, but I thought I'd seed it out into the networks, on the off chance that someone would want to cultivate it or at least toss a little fertilizer on it...)



Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * Oakland, CA

-- Critt Jarvis (Wilmington, NC) (, January 12, 1999


-- Duh! (, January 12, 1999.

The content of the text is far more important than the format of the medium.

-- Critt Jarvis (Wilmington, NC) (, January 12, 1999.

"How can government and media best deal with Y2K on behalf of the general welfare?"

BE HONEST!!!!!!!!

-- sceptic (, January 12, 1999.

duh, duh!

-- sceptic (, January 12, 1999.

Newsmedia suggestions:

Identify a Y2K problem, offer creative solution (even IF it can't be fixed).

No more lopsided reporting.

Honor the investigative journalists.

Honor the people's innate intelligence, no matter what you "think" it is.

Don't play dumb, then sensationalize that perspective.

If you, the broadcast media, can't say anything intelligent, at least don't say anything really stupid.

Tell the unvarnished "truth" rather than the "slick" kind.


(Thinking about the meeting idea Critt)

-- Diane J. Squire (, January 12, 1999.

""WISE, OPEN government-media collaboration"

That's a joke, right? That's the most oxymoronic thing I've ever heard! It ain't gonna happen!

-- a (b@c.def), January 12, 1999.

D**N TAGGS!!!!

-- Chuck, night driver (, January 12, 1999.

I sincerely doubt it could ever happen.

The most professional, unbiased, intelligent, ethical, freelance reporters would have to be hired for this job.

-- Chris (, January 12, 1999.

No...It can happen. It must happen. And soon. I'm such a reporter. I work with a team of experienced journalists, and they can and do tell stratightforward, factual stories. What we need to do now is design a forum where a group ( or groups ) of journalists do just what Altee suggested. It's a great idea who's time is h

-- tracy haynes (, January 12, 1999.

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