Should elephant be more positive?

Via on Oct 5, 2011

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.” ~ George Orwell

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this, Orwell. Elephant isn’t journalism yet…but we’ll get there. The world needs truth, just as a friend needs truth. Truth can be positive, or it can be critical. Either way, it’s love. What the world…needs now…is journalism…sweet journalism.

Look it up: the fourth estate. Thomas Jefferson: a democracy can’t function without an informed, active citizenry.

Journalism must be separated from advertising. It must be independent of corporate influence. If it can’t be, it must be transparent.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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7 Responses to “Should elephant be more positive?”

  1. Ben Ralston Ben_Ralston says:

    The day you start 'being more positive' is the day you need to find yourself someone to cover the 1 and 2am (MST) fb slots. Keep it real, my friend

  2. Brooks Hall Brooks Hall says:

    Yes, I think that the posts should be authentic, and not fluffy fake feel-good when it’s not good, stuff. But I question the assertion at the top of every page that I might be “overwhelmed” as in the “overwhelmed, but love ele…” line. I don’t like being reminded with every article that I might be overwhelmed. It’s kind of a negative take on what might be a nice feature of ele: to get the editor’s selections for the week.

  3. Chris Lemig Chris Lemig says:

    Hallelujah!

  4. Writing Our Way Home Fiona Robyn says:

    What Chris said : )
    The Dharma is seeing what is really there. This is when we learn. Not when we try to put a gloss on things.
    Here's to the truth.

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