Neda Soltan - Martyr for free speech - Gunned down, Tehran, 6/20/09
** The world is becoming more transparent... I started to write these words earlier this week. I was horrified by the brutality used in Iran to quell the protests in the aftermath of Ahmadinojad's "election". I was equally struck by the power and courage of the protesters.
Armed only with cellphones and the internet, they were able to provide damning proof of the government's response to their protests of election fraud.
At first I believed that I was seeing a tipping point. I believed that perhaps we were crossing a threshold where the one way directional feed of news was changing. Mainstream media proved sluggish at best; dumbed down and sugar coated. But the story was there on tweets, blog feeds and youtube.
Now (Saturday am) we've had a cheating governor and untimely deaths of celebrities supplant all other world news.
As an artist I find my influences in my interaction with the world as it is. Right now I'm seeing that transparent moment already clouding over.
I'm reminded of some lines from the movie "Good Night and Good Luck" concerning the life of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow. "We have a built in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information.... television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us."