Where Is the Love?
Imagine our daily news informed by a greater humanity, where hope and compassion are as prevalent as reports of violence and disaster. This video asks, “Where is the love?” and invites us to change the lens through which we view the world.
Each data point in the video is evidence of our human impulse to include love, forgiveness, and understanding in our communications. With the advent of the Web and user-generated content, there is more evidence than ever of our yearning to create and foster these kinds of bonds, which the mainstream media often ignore.
This is a project of the Fetzer Advisory Council on Information and Communications Professions.
|2/3 of international topics covered on network news programs are concerned with conflict, death, and destruction.||Center for Media and Public Affairs. "Global News: TV News Coverage of Global Issues." Media Monitor 16.6, November/December 2002.|
|More than half of all American news in 2011 covered national and international crisis (economy, war, natural disaster).||http://www.journalism.org/analysis_report/year_news.|
|Love is big business. In 2010 romance fiction generated $1.358 billion in sales.||Norris, Michael, ed. Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2011, Report. Stamford, CT: Simba Information, 2011.|
|Radio, the principal form of mass media in Rwanda, was a vehicle for hate speech in the months leading to the 1994 genocide. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda later convicted founders of the radio station RTLM for crimes of genocide.||Prosecutor V. Nahimana, Barayagwiza & Ngeze, ICTR-99-52-T (2003).|
|More than 85% of Rwandans listen to the bi-weekly radio soap opera Musekeweya (New Dawn), a drama aimed at influencing listeners' beliefs about prejudice, violence, and paths to healing.||Ziegler, Maggie. "A Soap Opera for Peace in Rwanda." Peace Magazine 26, no. 4 (October-December 2010): 16-19.|
|Iraq's first youth reality television show Salam Shabab (2011) cast teens to compete in challenges that promoted respect for diversity, civic action, and peace building. 13,000+ fans have carried discussions spurred by the show online and "liked" the Salam Shabab Facebook page.||Skelton, Alyssa. "How Iraq Is Using Reality TV and Facebook to Inspire a Generation of Peacemakers." Mashable, May 13, 2012. http://mashable.com/2012/05/13/iraqi-reality-tv/.|
|Special thanks to Lauren Linn for research assistance.|