Hi Fligh %, thanks for your observations. My comments follow:
I’m aware that the term “Social Change” is a tough one to use. Therefore, I consider social change everything that moves society into positive either/or negative outcomes. I believe that any attempt to make something better is worth trying; I’m just careful and do keep in my mind that misfortune may result from those efforts. And it is okay because life is a mystery – u n p r e d i c t a b l e - and society isn’t different because it is just in the middle of that.
You wrote: “I understand all of your points about palatability of the modern medium, and it’s a good point but only holds true for an existing social class.”
I agree that animation reaches a privileged portion of society, but at the same time we still living in a world where the elite is the one who makes decisions. Influencing people (specially children) with powerful and conscious communication is crucial in my view. Also, I think it is ingenuous to think that everyone related to the elite is the “bad guy”.
And you already confirmed the power that the elite have when you said:
“It’s also true that in a changing society it’s exactly that elite group that drags the rest along as it changes…”
I believe that information/education can make that “drag” healthier and less exploitative as evolution unfolds. Seeing that “drag” always as a negative thing isn’t fair.
Yes, the elite has the “ability to filter, process and redistribute it” as you described. I don’t watch Fox News, but I’m aware what is happening with the media. Whatever, I think the “filter ability” is something we cannot hide from as everyone is operating from different mental models/values systems/levels of moral development. Yes, the mainstream media can manipulate information and trap the mass, but we are talking here about animation for social change – how bad could the media really distort this topic? Are you saying isn’t it worth trying?
You said that to” use the term ‘Social Change’ leads me to believe that what you really mean is “modify, alter or even reverse engineer” social change”. Yes, I meant exactly that. Every step people take towards making the world a better place, will affect social change in positive/negative ways (in micro-meso-macro scales). It doesn’t matter if I want that happening or not because change happens incessantly all around of us.
You said: “the “Social Change” you allude to is strictly limited getting rid of the stains, the social injustice, the perceived threat to the environment or the way government alienates itself from the people”
I’m sure there are limitations regarding my writings - as well as language barriers because English isn’t my primarily language, but I don’t see this specific limitation you are commenting here. I focused on the transformational side of Social Change because the world is already crowded with the other half. The counter balance for my words is the reader’s awareness of what is happening everyday in the world. The stains that I unfortunately cannot “get rid” alone. The stains that, in one level, are perfectly expressions of consciousness, but in this physical and limited world – it sucks! What a paradox we face…
You wrote: “I’ll even go so far as to say it’s commendable, but it’s not social change: it may be education, awareness, advertising, lobbying, even propaganda, but not social change.”
I’m not attached to the term “Social Change”. I’m comfortable calling it whatever touches people’s heart for what is going on in the world and catalyze action in a positive way. We can spend time discussing if it is or isn’t social change – what is interesting from an ideological point of view - or we can look towards the roots of the problems as well as inside of ourselves, and use our talents to heal the world a little bit everyday. Lets not missing the point here.
Thank you very much for keeping the dialogue going…