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2014-04-29 23:09:33
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The Medium is the Message
I missed the first part of the Prime Time piece on "walker rights" but found the whole thing on RTE Player where it will remain for the next three weeks. I'm afraid that it behoves us all to see this program because there is a real possibility that the debate in itself will precipitate polarisation. By which I mean that farmers seeing Keep Ireland Open representatives demanding the right to pass over their farms is likely to provoke a defensive reaction. I am well aware that there are already hotspots where access is restricted or denied but I have always found my way around these impediments and I believe that a modicum of common sense will solve most problems. If my health allows me I intend to walk all the 400 plus Arderins, and I am confident that I will not be thwarted. My one fear is that I might upset some of our Northern Ireland brethern who tend to take boundaries rather seriously. These are folks I do not want to mess with - on either side of the fence. (Let me hasten to add, lest I be accused of racism, that the good, the bad and the ugly are evenly distributed throughout our island and throughout the world. I simply wish to make the point that I, as a southerner, do not intend to "take on" anyone that might block my way in Northern Ireland, were that ever to occur. In fact, I have never had any bother "north of the border" at all.)
"The medium is the message" is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived."(Wiki)
In the context of the access debate, the "medium" unfortunately is the seemingly angry Keep Ireland Open man...(not just one KIO man...ALL of them!) It is not what he says that constitutes the message: it is his anger, his self righteousness, his dismissal of the farming community. The message he embodies will galvanise the generally benign and welcoming farming community who will see all walkers as a potential threat to the soil they possess, and for which many tears have been shed. Characterising farmers as greedy is a poor contribution to the debate. While I share many of the aims and objectives of KIO I am not comfortable with their polarising approach.
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