Media as a Cultural Phenomenon

Then, one day came the Internet, and media took on a whole new meaning and the limits became blurrier than ever and expanded at an alarmingly high speed. Media and the net coexist today as hybrids between a traditional media outlet and the real public opinion that one witnesses in the street. A domesticated animal that sometimes poses as a lapdog and sometimes howls at the moon like a wolf in the forest! And many times (this is whatfeldberg really confuses many) it is the lapdog who howls at the moon and the wolf who wags his or her tail amiably.

When a news TV network does not want to show certain image or video, people immediately turn to Google or YouTube. If someone is doing research on jokes about an earthquake that killed two thousand people, people do not turn the radio on, they turn to Google.

Perhaps, communities should aim to rebuild the foundations of their pain cohabiting with humor, even if it comes from other communities, without interpreting it as a symbol, insensitivity or aggression. This might be hard though. More often than not, people hear that only Jews can make jokes about Jews, otherwise they might find it offensive.

In the future, perhaps, people from a particular community might not interpret jokes about their community as a personal insult to the pain of their ancestors, but as a creative fusion which draws from a recognizable social reality to contrast it with another and thus generate a third groundbreaking idea or concept.

In 2001, a newspaper published an advertisement to promote a 90 day free subscription period and showed two panoramic photos of New York, before and after 9/11 a day apart. The line under read, “A lot can happen in one day. Imagine what can happen in three months.”