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From its inception, our media has offered both promise and peril. In this encore presentation, Peter joins two previously separate interviews on this common theme.
Joining Peter to discuss such questions of geography is Prof. Rashad Shabazz, associate professor at Arizona State University and author of the book, Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago.
Living in the global age that we do, it’s important to be reminded on occasion that we humans are most at home in our local communities–where we both know and are known.
It is clear that our children are inheriting a world very different from the one we older generations came of age in. And while it’s easy to dwell on the serious problems that we’ve handed them, our children fortunately have the benefit of growing up in a richer, more diverse global culture that we could ever have imagined. That gift, however, comes with an inherited set of challenges of its own.
In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi and a handful of supporters marched some 240 miles to the sea to “make salt.” That is to say, they gathered up and thereby claimed that life-sustaining mineral as their birth right, not a commodity controlled exclusively by their British colonizers. For that act of civil disobedience, those Indian Salt Marchers–and the tens of thousands who soon joined them–were arrested en masse.
Today’s world is one fraught with complexity. And in order to understand it, and have an impact on it, we’re sometimes best served by stepping back, getting a sense of the whole and perhaps enlisting the guidance of others familiar with the challenge.