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Musings on Mass Media and Mad Pride

Tonight, ABC-TV intends to air its piece about MAD PRIDE. There's good news, and bad news.

I'm here in Norway hosted by the wonderful mad movement group WE SHALL OVERCOME. What a great time, with lots of support and speakers.

The ABC-TV show on MAD PRIDE airs in a few hours, but we can get an idea about the coverage from the two parts of text on the ABC web site.

While of course I have to see the piece to review, so far there's some bad news:

ABC-TV producer Ia Robinson had promised two sides of the debate on MAD PRIDE. But instead of reasoned debate, it looks like the show will air sensationalist footage about a murder.

For our very disenfranchised movement, it often helps to compare an action to our sister and brother movements who have come before us, and inspire us.

Imagine early media coverage of GAY PRIDE.

Gay Pride inspired Mad Pride, so imagine:

It would be as if the last half of the media coverage on early Gay Pride events, "responded" to Gay Pride by doing the last half of the show about sensational coverage of a homosexual child rapist.

That's not a debate. How can you respond to that? That's sensationalism.

Imagine early media coverage on BLACK PRIDE.

It would be as if the last half of the coverage "responded" to civil rights, by doing a sensational footage about a murder by an African American.

I talked earlier this evening with Ms. Robinson about her coverage.

I finally summed it up, "The Mouse is Sick." What I mean by that is that Disney Corporation (known in show business as "The Mouse House") owns ABC-TV. And these huge media conglomerates are airing violence over and over again through the evening, on a variety of shows.

As media critics say about editors of the nightly news, "If it bleeds... it leads."

Well, despite the predictable sensationalism... Apparently tonight, for the first time in years, the MAD PRIDE movement reaches a sector of the general public.

Here's a "creatively maladjusted" way to respond to this media coverage.

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Leah Harris

Leah Harris, a second generation psychiatric survivor, discovered MindFreedom in 2000 when she was 25 years old. Her first act in the mad movement was to tell her story of oppression and resistance, and to help edit stories for MindFreedom's Oral History Project. Since then, she has been working in various ways to help achieve the vision of MindFreedom: an end to all forms of psychiatric oppression, healing of all forms of "normality," and the creation of vibrant, colorful communities that honor and celebrate diversity, difference, and the full range of human experience.
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