Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, August 1, 2005

How To Think Outside The Frame? The Questioning Of News And Reality: Video Interview With Jon Rappoport

"Inside the frame..and they are living their lives in the frame...

Most of them, don't want to look... they don't want to find out if there is anything outside..."

About two months ago I have had the pleasure to meet and interview Jon Rappoport, an independent news reporter and self-publisher of the online news magazine "".

I particularly liked Jon's take on the mainstream media and the making of the news that I actually engaged him in two separate video interviews, the first of which I have already published at the end of May in this very column.


In this second video interview my questions to Jon Rappoport focus more on how individuals can become more aware of the why and how news are created and served according to certain criteria.

How can individuals increase their ability to become more critical of what they hear, read and see from the mainstream news media?



And if you probe deep enough in this direction, soon enough you hit the true mother question of all:
"what is reality then and who makes it up?"

As absurdly obvious it may appear to many, this is indeed the key question that most of us should be asking more frequently and with greater intensity.

How can you evaluate the news you are being fed unless you question some of the sources and pro-actively seek alternative views and reports?

Asking more questions, is really where it is all at.

And since asking questions, in many of our world cultures, it is not a sign of politeness, respect and obedience to those who teach or rule, we are trained early to take for good what is said or reported by so called authorities and experts (parents, teachers, religious figures, TV news, newspapers, radio, etc.).

So, I ask Jon, "who are the people that most likely can take on these challenges and participate in re-evaluating mainstream news sources or for that matter reality as it is being perceived in our everyday lives?"

"How easy is it to really go out on the Internet and find alternative sources of information, critical reviews, non-mainstream viewpoints?"

"What do you Google to start asking some questions?"

"How do we treat experts in today's media-based society?"

"How do you treat highly sensitive news items when you want to cover them? Do you give lots of references, data and supporting facts?"

"Why there are so few people doing this type of independent news reporting?"

"If you work for the New York Times do you have to sacrifice some truth to keep your job?"

"Are you ever afraid of getting in trouble because of the things you write?"

"Who should be worried about writing and covering in a critical way such sensitive information topics?"

"What do you suggest to do to individuals who are unsatisfied with how things are today and want to contribute and make a difference on how things are going to be in the near future?"

"If you want change to happen, what you should you write about?"

Jon really shares some valuable advice on each and everyone of these questions while talking a language anyone can understand.

His views open up space for getting more in control of how and where our lives and perceptions will be going.

His recipe is essentially what I would define as curious activism: the compelling desire not to sit for any major worldview floating around you, but to learn and master how to become your own reality producer.

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15' - 64MB
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(to start viewing the video on the Ourmedia page, wait until the arrow on the "play" button becomes black)

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posted by Robin Good on Monday, August 1 2005, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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