sexta-feira, outubro 12


Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr.

Pensamentos sublinhados de um Nobelizado

I believe that the viability of democracy depends upon the openness, reliability, appropriateness, responsiveness, and two-way nature of the communication environment. After all, democracy depends upon the regular sending and receiving of signals – not only between the people and those who aspire to be their elected representatives but also among the people themselves. It is the connection of each individual to the national conversation that is the key. I believe that the citizens of any democracy learn, over time, to adopt a basic posture toward the possibilities of self-government.
If democracy seems to work, and if people receive a consistent, reliable, and meaningful response from others when they communicate their opinions and feelings about shared experiences, they begin to assume that self-expression in democracy matters. When they can communicate with others regularly, in ways that produce meaningful changes, they learn that democracy matters.
If they receive responses that seem to be substantive but actually are not, citizens begin to feel as if they were being manipulated.
If the messages they receive from the media feed this growing cynicism, the decline of democracy can be accelerated.
Moreover, if citizens of a country express their opinions and feelings over an extended period of time without evoking a meaningful response, then they naturally begin to feel angry. If the flow of communication provides little opportunity for citizens to express themselves meaningfully, they naturally begin to feel frustration and powerlessness

In A Well-Connected Citizenry, The Assault on Reason. The Penguin Press, New York, 2007

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