Any discussion and deliberation about social and educational issues must seek out information from a variety of sources, question and critically examine that information, and think carefully and imaginatively about different ways of interpreting and making sense out of that information. This is never a clear cut, obvious and straightforward process. Exercising such care in seeking out various sources of information and analysis is very much in the tradition of WISR’s founding principles and our commitment to action-research—to asking questions, to probing beneath the surface, and to being mindful of both the immediate tasks before us as well as the “bigger,” long-term picture.
We should be ever-mindful of and on the lookout for opportunities for seeking out additional information and perspectives—especially from people whose voices we often don’t hear. Increasingly, a challenge confronting all of us is that the most accessible mass media (major TV networks, newspapers, radio stations, even websites) are corporate funded, and as a result, the most strongly featured news and analyses are slanted toward the interests of the corporate funders, and other powerful special interest groups and government office holders. This is most apparent with Fox News, but in subtle and very important ways, this is the case with NBC, CNN, the San Francisco Chronicle and others.
To that end, I am devoting a web page on this blog to some “Social Justice Links for the Curious Mind” [ http://johnbilorusky.wisrville.org/links/ ]. The links I am recommending for your consideration do not have a hold on the absolute truth, but on a regular basis, they do offer some very worthwhile information and analyses as “food for thought.” I do feel that my consideration of issues is strongly enhanced by listening to these less publicized voices. And, because the values embodied by these websites are, for the most part, quite compatible with my own values, I do feel that they are diligent about seeking out information which is both supportive of my values and commitments, and at least as “accurate” if not more so than the information and commentary that I can receive from mainstream media. I have started to spend some time each day checking out some of these websites for their updates.