Plea for the pluralism of information

 

And if, as Francis Balle had so wisely written, as the title of his book published in 1987 :
"And if the press did not exist? "...
Since I was 17-year old, the press is part of my world. Thus, I am permanently connected to the world, its challenges, to understand its amazing evolution, because of globalization as his amazing transformation, with new technologies. It's always satisfying to better understand, through cross-checked analysis of newspapers, thanks to the perspective of magazines, after all thanks to all contributions of press.

Hardly thinkable daily life without newspapers

                                                                            

Deeply moved by an intellectual curiosity that consumes my time, newspapers are, for me, a natural breath.

I never could imagine my daily life without newspapers.

In the work of political or economic communications which is mine, the press is an essential tool. The adviser’s job in communication and economic policy developed strongly its intellectual dimension and made these readings essential. I do not speak of "press releases" that have the gift to bother me, I'm referring to newspapers, direct contact with them, to seize the front pages of any newspaper, smiling occasionally about assemblages of articles, their position on the page, to admire the courage of one journalist or another for their audacious front pages, etc...
In 2011, the Web has become part of the media environment. Subscription options are up to four kinds: Internet, the iPhone, iPad or traditional newspaper/magazine offering. This current dematerialization of the print offer must be complementary. Reading on the iPad, or on an iPhone, for example, can be an invitation to hold a newspaper in hands. Internet can become a success where the press has failed and the Internet can incite you to move forward.


But reading the press is an outstanding value and compulsory for anyone who wants to think. It is never a free gesture. These are the same people who are lovers of books, literature, all kind of literature and press. The writing is part of the universe of each individual at different degrees. In the today world characterized by consumerism and by a perpetual move to information, writing it to be protected. It is one of the last refuges of the mind and spirit. Thinking is part of all ages of life. At 93 years, Stephane Hessel with his book ”Time for outrage" is a perfect and inspiring illustration. Creeping Indifference would be the worst for the future generation ...
While Argentina is a country with pictorial or musical culture, France is a land of literature and writing. French people are lovers of words to the grace of a French language highly rich and fruitful.
Indisputably, literature, newspapers, knowledge help to build up a culture and especially the ability to think independently, measure and understand the fundamentals of intelligence. The press plays a major role, radar informational very useful in these times of change.
Alternately, questioning the subjects, exploring contemporary figures, the press does not cease to fuel the debate. The press has given me so much, for so long that I find it natural to write in its favor and to defend pluralism.


Light’s provider


The press plays a significant role in society. Therefore, I would like to say to the young generation, generally speaking, not just to students: do not read the press, love it, make it a friend, you can not imagine how it will make you travel, evolve, grow, how it will help you and how precious it will bring you a true support to find your own intellectual path. That’s why I initiated the concept named the "States General of the press" I had begun to seek for contemporary, sustainable and imaginative solutions.
Indeed 2011 is the year of decisive turning points for many press players such as " La Tribune", “France Soir”, "Le Parisien", "CB News" which have heavily suffered from crisis in the past few months.
"States General of the press" have been rather well accepted by main players because they answered to high expectations from them. Admittedly, there were questions and concerns, including from journalists. They feared that the government, animated by its desire to facilitate the press’ concentration to create groups of international stature, may try to put pressure over redactions, pressures coming from the economic and political power. The first part of the "States General of the press" was held, with the weaknesses that we know. This is however a first step. Can we still hope? I think so. We must adapt to this perpetually evolving world.
Will the evolution of the press necessarily be linked with a movement of concentration ?
Should the press become a news’s industry ?
How to defend the pluralism of the press ?
How to encourage the creation of new titles and protect existing ones ?
How to align and decline the print media on the Net ?
What funding can be thought of for press ?
Into which direction should the new media economy be built? etc..

These essential questions require critical thinking, exchanges, and also answers. Only valid answers are welcome, but not at the cost of a denial of the essential: freedom. I also could have named the "States General of the press:" The Convention of freedom of information ". Why not? It was the initial idea. The defense of freedom has always been a core value and it will be even stronger tomorrow that media will face tough times. A newspaper is a blend of trust between journalists and the audience. The press must keep its essential function to give and share its position with a public opinion that questions.


Deny the grim prediction of Celine


It is to be welcomed: our contemporary society has seen an astonishing maturity emerging around information. The common man is becoming more informed, aware of the news, its stakes. Citizens are always connected. They are interested, they seek information, participate in discussions. It is fortunate for our country. It is a hope in the individual to be developed. The world moves. French people are not against the movement, change, reform. They want to better understand this new world. The press, by its analysis, highlighted its fundamental points, helps to better adapt it participates in the life of the city.
I promote that the subject of media and print results in a broader and wider approach. In a state of mind inspired by Voltaire, I intercede for a reflection-action that is momentum. A follow-up that brings together journalists, readers, advertisers who are central to the economic future of the media, publishers, intellectuals, conscience of our country, students, all good wishes. Everything is possible with good wills and hope.
So naturally I think about Zola and his "J'accuse" that goes aboves time and serves as a reference, about Peter Viansson-Pont, his columns in “Le Monde”, his books, about this Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaïa murdered in Moscow in 2006. In this spirit, we must fight against Louis-Ferdinand Céline writing in "Journey to the End of the Night," when he wanted to provoke with: "What has to think the good journalist about? Nothing. " "You did not come here to think, but to make gestures that you will be ordered to perform. We do not need you to think in our factory. Monkeys are what we need. An advice again yet. Never talk of your mind! We think for you my friend: keep it in mind. ".... I think about all journalists and students who want to become journalists, who dream about tomorrow where information will always be valuable. That’s in my role of communication’s professional that I give my full support to the press and media. I strongly believe we will have to "reinvent the future of information."


A value to be protected and a collective responsibility


The President of the French Republic is the guarantee of citizen freedom. All French citizens, amongst which the President of the Republic at first, must promise to involve in defending its media and information in France. The media is a democratic barometer, a powerful symbol. We're part of France. We have often been a land of enlightenment, of social progress. We are considered throughout the world as an example for human rights, as well as freedom of information. Across history, our country has continued to link its destiny to the cause of its culture, letters, ideas. If we are proud of our history, we should be proud of our future. Adaptation to to new technologies, the search of solutions, the protection of our cultural heritage, the necessity to preserve high value and quality information, all these components are the hallmark of our difference and value, our ability to anticipate ... It is a collective duty.

 

 GHYSLAINE PIERRAT
Docteur en communication politique et économique

Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:58)

 

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