Self-preservation in the eye of the storm.

We’re standing in the fire’s center as the eye of the storm barrels towards us. It tries to suck us in, squeeze our energy, tap our nervous systems, and fry our emotional bodies. But we stand strong. We can’t let up. We won’t let up. We can’t give up. We can’t stop. We won’t stop. Instead, we transform. We become the storm and rise from within. We are the inferno and we are lit from within. We will continue to burn and ignite the fire in others who feel called to carry the torch of change.

mighty bear in space. Photos and graphic and crackle effect. Computer collageSo many of us are in an ultra marathon, in overdrive mode — advocating and directing our energy towards meaningful causes and issues and sharing own stories and experiences. We’re in this endurance sprint together. We need you, all of you, to pass the baton and torch, to keep moving the needle of transformation forward. More of us need to be involved and do whatever we can, wherever we can, so our pipeline stays replenished and continues its momentum. If we do it alone, we will burnout.

Torch Flame In The Darkness, Close Up Low Key Torch With DetailSome of us are tired. We feel fatigue. None of us expected to feel this way or thought we’d have to fight for our basic human inalienable rights for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For the right to free speech, bodily autonomy, freedom of expression, and freedom from oppression. But here we are in a constant, chronic defensive stream of correcting lies, calling out injustices, standing in our truth, vocalizing our concerns, — as we rise above the dark energy, and trudge along with all our force and every drop of energy that remains. While we work, raise our kids, attend to our families and other responsibilities, and pepper in some self-care. Sometimes, while we burn the candle at both ends. Or while we’re in the process of overcoming our own health issues, healing, and recovery.

We fight for rights anyway. We rise anyway. We don’t let up. We do not rest. How can we? Too much is at stake, including our own self-preservation.

“We will not rest.” – Jaclyn Gallion

We are doing our best to ensure our survival and existence. Our protective mechanism is fully engaged. We are afraid of losing our voices, our freedoms, and our human rights – but we do not let the fear, pain, or the intimidation of becoming invisible stop us. Our stories, voices, and messages, need a safe platform now more than ever. On a deeper level, we have been waiting for this moment in time to break down and crack through the system to build a new one. And we are.

bigstock--150605240We stand together for justice. We rise for freedom. We are impenetrable and unstoppable. No one can break our spirits, our determination, or our will to create a better world for our children and each other.

Lioneass and little lion cub in cosmic space. Crackle effectWe are fierce. We are fire. We will never tire. You can’t break us into submission through omission. If you omit our viewpoints and censor us, you will not silence us. If you suppress us, we will be louder. If you tell us we can’t, we will. If you stand in our way, we will take another path. If you threaten to remove our social media pages, groups, posts, memes, photos, and content, we will migrate and build our communities elsewhere. We will gather, assemble, and organize for justice. We will seek and spread truth and light. No matter what. And we will do it everywhere, with intense passion that radiates.

We are lit from within and our truth will outshine the oppressors and dissipate the swirling storm of chaos. We will override the censorship threats, the bullying, the dehumanization. We are strong and resilient. We will draw upon our resilience and collective wisdom when faced with those who are fearful and ignorant. We are the mighty oak, and will uphold self-preservation through our grounded perseverance and deep rooted awareness.

bigstock--184446772This new platform was designed for this moment in time – for the wisdom warriors, truth-tellers, resilient hearts, — the persistent, the brave, and courageous. We stand for freedom, for liberty, and stand with and support critical thinkers, outliers, independent voices, the dissenters, shape shifters, and change makers. Please use this utility to liberate your voice, emanate your message, mobilize your efforts, inspire others, and corral and store your information. For empowered conversations, the exchange of wisdom, and compassionate connections. For social change, for self-preservation, and for the betterment and survival of humanity.

Little Girl Standing In Front Of Fantasy Cosmic Storm, The BlackLet’s shape shift and transform the way it’s been — into the way you envision it.

It is time. It is our time. For a new paradigm.

Join us for pre-rollout news and the platform’s new name unveiling by signing up for updates on the temporary landing page at Medel.la.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

Combat Propaganda: Become the Media!

Propaganda is at an elevated high. Mass media trust is at a new low. Who can you trust? The “smoke and mirrors” are in full deceptive force, advertiser influence is pathetically obvious, and we’re astutely aware of how ownership affects content. If we cannot trust the mass media to provide accurate information, balanced reporting, or fair coverage, then we must become the media.

We cannot rely on mainstream corporate-owned news sources when they are bought and influenced by Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, the military industrial complex, or other corporations and industries that harbor conflicts of interest with strong ties to government agencies.

One conflict of interest hidden in plain sight found on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) website, (courtesy of Kari Bundy), is a dedicated division, the Entertainment Education Program. This “Gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing Practice” is partnered with the organization, Hollywood, Health, and Society and “provides the entertainment industry with free expert information on all aspects of health, safety and security.” (One of their partners includes The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.)

The role of these programs and organizations is to provide content on health topics for the media industry to push their Big Pharma funded agenda and control their health/medical “desired” narratives. It’s quite the incestuous relationship that allows the seamless integration for swaying public opinion and shaping audience’s beliefs. Our government tax dollars advise scriptwriters and producers by providing health storylines, and consulting services to the media industry, across television programs, film productions, and more. (Prime example of “follow the money” I covered in an earlier blog post.) The censorship of dissenting or challenging viewpoints is purely driven by financial influence and the propaganda machine.

Propaganda Word Cloud on a black background.Propaganda is legal in the United States; not only is it legal, but legal against its own people. In January 2013, the US government passed legislation for the legalization of propaganda use on the American public with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This law repealed the existing ban on propaganda protected by the Smith-Mundt Act. An orchestrated move from those that want to control how information is transmitted through their distortion of truth filter and persuasion tactics. A sly way to monopolize national public relations and drown out opposition, resistance, and dissent.

“If the NDAA goes into effect in its current form, the State Department and Pentagon can go beyond manipulating mainstream media outlets and directly disseminate campaigns of misinformation to the U.S. public.” — Business Insider (May, 2012), Michael B. Kelley

the word     PROPAGANDA made from newspaper confetti isolated onWhat is propaganda? Deliberate persuasion, often one-sided, not objective, or where information presented is geared to achieve or influence perception. The use of emotional methods to manipulate and the strong appeal to your senses.

  • n. The systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.
  • n. Material disseminated by the advocates or opponents of a doctrine or cause: wartime propaganda.
  • n. A concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of large numbers of people.

Propaganda is directly staged to influence and control the population, direct focus, and shape public opinion on issues. The media outlets and agencies that distribute the propaganda are also chained to the machine and are ostracized when they don’t fall in line. Propaganda is designed to suppress dissent, oppress truth, push a narrative, and persuade for a particular outcome or behavior. And it comes in all forms frequently repeated through social media, mass media, government and industry publications, books, television/radio programs, films, video games, magazines, toy advertising, posters, commercials, advertising, merchandise, clothing, awards’ shows, and across the Internet — delivered in a brainwashed, normalized fashion, so one does not realize they are being propagandized to.

Is it too big of a beast to wrestle and slay?

Do we give up? And allow the beast to swallow us whole? 

Not a chance.

Media Freedom Word Cloud. Word Cloud Made With Text Only.To survive, we must seek out alternative viewpoints, support content diversity, and encourage more voices. In order to be independent of, and not enslaved by their propaganda system, we need to not only have a critical approach to dissecting their messages — but we must create our own media. This includes opinion-editorials (op-ed’s), news articles, press releases, video news releases, books, independent press, radio shows, podcasts, videos, data archives, resource lists, and content, in every formaton every topic that matters. Where the information, facts, research, wisdom, and observations are disseminated in such a grassroots, decentralized, and organized manner, so the reader or viewer can critically think, bring a discerning eye and mind, and determine its validity, reliability, and truth.

Thankfully, due to the early public access TV/radio movement, social media networks, video platform and streaming sites, and independent media outlets and alternative programming, broadcasting and sharing content with the masses isn’t relegated or exclusive to just the corporate-owned mass media complex.

bigstock--186352852Become the media. Become a citizen journalist. An observer who reports from their independent lens and unique viewpoint. What story can you tell that no one else can from your vantage point? What kind of channel would you have? A podcast? A video program? An interview show? A blog? A collection of stories? A newsletter? Who is your audience? Who would you like to share your journalism, activism, wisdom, and message with? What’s missing from the media landscape that you can provide? What voice or sliver of truth can you bring and contribute?

Come out of the woodwork and extend beyond a keyboard warrior. Access your media freedom and step out of your comfort zone. We need you! Now. Your voice is essential. Learn to effectively use your voice to make a difference. Exercise your freedom of expression. Speak your truth. Bring your authenticity, focus on what matters to you, and shine a beacon of light in that direction. Express yourself, your message, your voice! Leverage your revolutionary voice to bring forth some fresh energy to a subject and to combat the propaganda, disinformation, and the suppression of truth.

What will you advocate for? What will you reveal, investigate, and uncover? As an educator or activist, what motivates you to teach, activate, and take action? What’s your passion? Your interests? What topics inspire you? What topics light a fire within you?Use Your Own VoiceWhat type of information will you transmit and publish? Will you teach something? Investigate an issue? Give others a voice? Be a champion for a cause? Create call to action campaigns? Will you research and gather information that is otherwise suppressed? Share your own story and wisdom? Will you interview others? Will you report on an issue that is often overlooked?

Communication. Two entities or network being connected with goldFor citizen journalists, don’t be intimidated and seek unrealistic high production value when you’re getting started. Aim for quality content, simplicity, and discover your authentic voice and message. Engaging content and content marketing attracts readers, listeners, and viewers. Provide added-value with your unique voice, storytelling style, and perspective. Use your mobile devices, computer, recording equipment, a phone or photography camera, and microphone. Learn how to live stream, create a radio or video broadcasting program, and discover how to use basic editing software or apps. Become your own content producer and bring your alternative and independent voice.

Are you an information purveyor and wisdom warrior who loves to gather and save an assortment of research, data, and content? Do you enjoy building your own interactive library and database of your favorite, most treasured collections to share within your close circles, trusted networks, and also organize for yourself?

Publish Article Content Media Post Produce Write ConceptFor seasoned content creators, find innovative and effective ways to repurpose and energize existing content to reach a new audience and market. Create affiliates and partnerships to extend your reach and impact others. There’s power and strength in numbers when peer networks share their wisdom and connect. Creating a social network with trusted sources is critical in receiving the information you seek and for delivering your message to quality contacts.

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Medel.la is a decentralized platform, a safe, social internet community — built on blockchain, for you to be in control of your privacy and information. Invented to inspire you to be an effective content creator, wisdom steward — and become the media! To sign up for pre-launch updates, the new name announcement, and news, visit Medel.la.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

 

 

 

Freedom. Independence. Connection.

Freedom. Independence. Connection. These are some of humanity’s basic needs and tenets for survival. We crave and long for each — and so much more.

“We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.” — William Glasser

Are you living in freedom? Are you free?

What does freedom feel like? What does freedom look like?

bigstock--222348817How free do you feel to express yourself without limitation? Artistically, politically, verbally, physically, mentally, spiritually, career wise, etc.? In collaboration with others, in community, and alone?

Do you feel free and embody freedom with expansive wings? Or do you feel like your wings are clipped and pinned, holding you back?

Symbolic composition. Trapped USA Winged Heart. Pinned Freedom.

Are we really free as a populace in the United States and across nations? Do any of us have access to true liberty and independence? Is independence from the system valued or frowned upon?

“The cost of freedom is very high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” — John F. Kennedy

Are we really free in society? Is there freedom of the press? Are we free on social media? Are we free to be dissidents with contradictory opinions? Encouraged or discouraged to be counter-culture? Are we free to challenge the status quo? Are we free to be diverse with a mosaic of beliefs and vocalize them?

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“You don’t have true freedom until you allow a diversity of opinion and a diversity of voices.” — Don Lemon

Are you fully exercising your freedom and your rights?

A Man Holding A Megaphone - Freedom Of SpeechFreedom of expression. Freedom of speech.

Freedom to assemble, to organize, protest, take action, share information, and speak up.

Freedom to decide what is best for you, your health, and body — and your family’s. Freedom for bodily autonomy and integrity.

Freedom to pursue health choices and decisions that fit your lifestyle, morals, medical history, optimal vitality, and wellness approaches.

“Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health of vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.” — Patrick Henry

Freedom to pursue happiness and to live as you wish.

Have we fully activated our freedoms? Or have we willingly allowed strands of our freedom to be stolen from us, one sliver at a time?

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“Freedom is something that dies unless it’s used.” — Hunter S. Thompson

How can we all assert our independence and be a catalyst for freedom before all of our rights are stripped?

What can you do to preserve what remains of your freedom and free will? How can you exercise your freedom more? Will you call out injustice? Will you take action when human rights are violated? Will you use your freedom of expression and wisdom to educate and inspire others?

How can you better mobilize and protect the information you want to create, share, and tap into? Without censorship and without suppression? Without boundaries or restraints? Without surrendering your power and submitting to the ruling class or any other oppressive force?

“The best road to progress is freedom’s road.” — John F. Kennedy

Freedom is our oxygen mask to progress. Yet, hardly anyone is breathing, – just fearfully gasping and suffocating – covering their own mouths, complaining the hypoxia is someone else’s fault or problem. When we remember we are free, empower ourselves and each other, and own and honor our freedoms, we will shift towards the vision of how we want to direct it from here.

Let’s travel this new platform’s dimension together where liberty is the doorway to the lungs of freedom of expression, and the heart of connection and human dignity.

Let’s create our wings together and soar to independence.

bigstock-if-you-dont-have-wings-create-280472557-e1549335077639.jpgStay in the flight loop by signing up for updates as Medella launches its new name and its unconventional, cutting-edge platform designed to alter freedom and the expression of truth as we know it.

Let freedom ping.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

A Solution For Information Overwhelm.

We are deeply immersed in the Information Age – a digital holograph filled with intelligence and instant access to vast knowledge. An incredible smorgasbord and roaring sea of content in the land of bytes and bites. But for many of us, instead it becomes an Overwhelm of Information — Age. A saturated terrain of constant information, data, distraction, and clutter. It can be challenging to keep up with everything we’d like to and ignore or dodge what we don’t. We have immediate access to both the information we need and desire, yet are bombarded with a constant stream of cluttered content not relevant to us that speeds by in every direction in this fast-paced information superhighway.

Abstract Futuristic Cyberspace With A Hacked Array Of Binary DatInstant access 24/7 from unlimited sources, worldwide – at our fingertips, touch screens, and voice commands, — all resting in the cloud waiting for us to engage, interact, and make use of what we discover. We navigate through a colossal mountain of information with our discernment and critical thinking skills, excavate, and extract what’s valuable to us and others. The incredible amount of data, bits and pieces of content, news, digital info pods, and endless paper piles we amass, encounter, and gather is not only astounding, but compounding.

Not all of the information is to save for a later use, but when we do save it, is it easily accessible or is it lost in the inter-webs, or somewhere on our computer, phone, or in some random file or folder that takes hours, days, or months to locate?

Cloud Computing, Cloud Computing Concept, Cloud Network In AbstrWhere do you save your information? Where do you put your essential stuff?

On scraps of papers, sticky and refrigerator notes, bookmarked website links, digital computer folders, “saved” paper piles for later, computer lists, notes or reminders on your phone, emails, discussion threads, notebooks, file folders, on a content management service, on social media, in journals, or elsewhere?

Are you able to find the valuable info when you need it? Easily? Or with great effort, energy, and time?

Mixed Race Woman In Glasses Working With Multiple Electronic IntSome more questions to consider:

  • How do you manage all of your digital and analog information? Is it an easy, smooth, and organized process? Or painful, time-consuming, and drudgery?
  • How challenging would it be to put your essential information in piles and folders?
  • How do you protect and preserve the info you want to revisit later to use or share?
  • Do you have a system in place to catalog important info?
  • Do you use content management systems, software programs, or mobile apps to store and save files?
  • Do you use folders on your desktop? Bookmarks on your internet browser? Do you have a saved folder on your social media accounts with categories to enter links, take action, review later, or things to share, etc.?
  • Or are you old school and create paper lists, keep notebooks, use collages or scrapbooking, or file folders?
  • Do you have different categories of information in specific places online? Like your health info in one place, your photos or memes in another, book or article recommendations and products someplace else?
  • What’s worth saving? What would you want to share and make accessible to others?
  • Would it be useful to organize, condense, and streamline your information in one central spot to make it easier to access, share, and download?

Elevated View Of Paper Sticker With Word Ideas In Notebook, PencBeing able to effectively organize information can be a necessity for someone going through a traumatic recovery from an acute health event, an accident, someone enduring a chronic condition, a new parent, and someone caring for an elder ailing parent, etc. As a content creator, storing, and cataloguing information results in productivity and efficiency. Even if you’re an avid reader or researcher on various topics of interest, knowing where all the content is and how it is organized makes drawing upon it later much easier.

Or maybe you love saving an assortment of helpful, educational, or inspirational goodies and gems from media clips, to recipes, to alternative remedies to try, or do it yourself projects? Or you like to collect everything from quotes, research, images, create lists of books or products to buy, track recommendations from others, or things you’d to share, and more? Whoever you are and whatever content you find beneficial, having a secure place to easily transport your info as you walk in the world, and be able to easily access it, and effectively share it when needed — is the way it should be!

Digital imaging and Image SharingDiscover an innovative way to streamline and corral your valuable information. Join us on the new platform utility that will revolutionize how you interact with your content, data, and information, and how you share it with others. Visit Medel.la on the temporary landing page to sign up for updates as we approach the launch date and new name reveal.

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

 

 

 

What nuggets of wisdom do you hold?

What a wild ride life can be! Infinite experiences, growing pain moments, health challenges, awakenings, and endless opportunities for problem-solving, researching answers, growth, transformation, and healing.

Through this roller coaster adventure, you have probably collected some wisdom nuggets of gold along the way. Whether you gleaned this wisdom from a friend, proactively discovered it yourself, learned it the hard or painful way, or stumbled upon a golden gem in a synchronistic moment or auspicious encounter – you have valuable wisdomYou hold a key to this unique wisdom that you have unlocked as a result of your experience.

Mystic Top View Of A Roller Coaster In Black And White StyleMaybe you overcame a health issue, survived cancer, recovered from an accident, helped heal your child or family member, transformed “dis-ease” in your own mind or body, did a 180 degree pivot with your dietary/exercise choices, or revitalized your health and wellbeing in a creative way? Perhaps you manage a chronic condition and have made phenomenal progress in your recovery? Maybe you successfully treated or cured an ailment naturally using unconventional approaches? Or you followed a process, strategy, or protocol that finally worked, after trying for months or years what didn’t?

Whether your wisdom and contribution is monumental or minuscule, it is deeply rewarding when your direct struggles, successes, and learning can help someone else. So what topics do your friends and family come to you for? For what wisdom do others seek you out? What information are you a trusted and reliable source? What advice or recommendations do others reach out to you for? What do they want to learn from you and pick your brain about?

bigstock--166052216What “stuff” do you consider yourself holding a treasure trove of resources? What are you knowledgeable about? Where you know or directly experienced a bit more about a topic or issue than those in your circle and in general? It doesn’t need to be necessarily anything life-altering, significant, historic, or Nobel Peace Prize winning. Or where you are a nationally verified, certified speaker in the field ready to provide “expert” testimony. But if you have acquired a Ph.D., wrote a book or article, or blogged on the topic, hats off to you! There’s tremendous value there too! But let’s face it, most of us are not “traditional” experts, but we are experts on our own lived experience and what worked and what didn’t. Having lived through and survived whatever it is, certainly has its own level of expertise, trust factor, merit, value, and badge of honor.

If you could make a list of what you’d recommend for your topics, what would it include? What would you suggest to read, purchase, illuminate, or understand? Who should someone connect with? Meet with in person? What steps should they take? Where should they go to research and investigate further? What strategies might they implement to make their lives easier or improve an aspect of it?

We want to hear from you!!!

Body Mind Soul Spirit Heart Word Cloud, Fitness, Sport, Health CGrab a piece of paper and write down three resources you’d give your friend if they came to you for advice on a particular topic. Does this resource list contain a book or an article, a research study, a list of tinctures, remedies, a modality to try, a phone number, an email or website to a practitioner, or to another friend, a healer, or another professional or business to consider? Maybe you’ve recommended a product? A recipe? A time-saving gadget? A life-saving suggestion, a convenience tip, or lifestyle hack?

What have you learned through your adventures, health challenges, transformation, detoxing, healing protocols, natural treatments, “must-have” products, or areas and things to avoid? These essential golden wisdom bits are meaningful to others when it stems from a personal recommendation and from a real life person with a story and experience to back it up!

In reflecting back on your life experiences, and health, or other challenges, what do you wish you would have known at the beginning of your journey and along your recovering and healing path? What recommendation made a tremendous difference or changed your success trajectory?

Owl On An Old Book, A Symbol Of Wisdom And Knowledge. Comic BookCollectively, we possess the ability to weave a profound tapestry of wisdom to help heal, inspire, educate, and guide one another. We embody the understanding to save each other endless hours of research, phone calls, web searches, unnecessary treatments, and dead ends. And in many cases, together, we can also provide insight and feedback on the hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on remedies, supplements, medicines, diets, cleanses, essential oils, or herbs.

The new platform is that safe, interwoven trusted space to share your wisdom, collaborate on ideas, save your recommendations, create your “go to” lists for topics, and discover information from trustworthy sources on areas of interest to you. A macrocosm with its own microcosm zone of topics to empower friends and others to research, learn, heal, transform, and overcome whatever it is they are struggling with or seeking insight about.

Coming soon!!!!

What wisdom will you bring?

~ Melissa A. Curtin

* One golden nugget of wisdom I’ll bring is my experience being an emergency aortic thoracic dissection and open-heart surgery survivor!!

 

 

Ready for an exceptional social media experience?

The countdown is on for the launch of this burgeoning cutting-edge, uncensored, user-curated platform!

Are you ready for an exceptional social media experience?

What does this new social media network platform encompass? Is it just another website, an application (app), or social internet forum? Not at all. Better, and then some. Will any features be comparable to traditional social media outlets? Yes. Will there be exclusive feature sets, capabilities, and a continual development and fine tuning of the techie bells and whistles? Yes. 

World And IconsImagine a secure private infrastructure that incorporates what you love about the social internet and interactive media tech – without the baggage, drama, clutter, noise, or advertising. A fully-functional interactive space built using blockchain technology with key feature sets, broad capabilities, multi-faceted functions, and multi-dimensional apps. A tool, a fabulous utility – a wholly integrated social utility to benefit and serve its users more effectively and with transparency.

Content creation, collaboration, connection, trusted content, data storage, media and “card” sharing, and high quality interactions – all designed with your privacy and freedom as a cornerstone and priority. Customizable for your needs on a business, personal, and social networking level. A clean slate that facilitates productivity and efficiency. Streamlined, yet expansive for what matters and what’s essential to you. A trusted secure portal in the cloud — worthy of your content, ideas, brand, relationships, data exchanges, interests, and transactions.

Network Connections In Social Networks 3D IllustrationAn intricate interwoven web designed for a multitude of applications and purposes on a secure incorruptible infrastructure. This blockchain-enabled technology offers the decentralization of how information is disseminated and shared throughout the platform. Content and data are “locked” in the chain and resistant to corruption or unwanted modification and manipulation. A clever solution to the excessive media censorship and the top-down control of traditional mass media dissemination.

bigstock--214861168Are you craving a secure place in the cloud where you can bring your authentic self and express what’s relevant and paramount to you? Are you seeking an empowered, purposeful, and uplifting experience? A meaningful space?

Leverage the possibilities of how this platform can shift the current social internet problems, improve, and solve shortcomings. Revel in the platform’s independence, its uniqueness, and bring your own unique flare and authentic self. Think big with us!

Think bigThis new utility is a social media gift for us to guide its development and customize it for our individual needs and for the betterment of society. What a magnificent opportunity! It’s up to us to use the platform as a catalyst to change the trajectory of how information is created, interacted with, organized, and shared.

Discover for yourself. Decide how you will use it and what resonates with you and your inner core. Trust yourself. Contemplate on how this platform will inspire you to share your wisdom, bring your light, leverage your content, problem-solve, engage with others, and pivot the social media landscape to the next level — in a better direction.

bigstock--146435423Will you be apart of the guiding force to direct its growth, enhance it with your wisdom, and contribute to its success? We’re ready to have you join us!

Visit Medel.la for updates, the revealing of the platform’s new name, and emerging launch date!

~ Melissa A. Curtin

 

 

 

 

Follow the Money

At the root of everything is the money and funds that enable its creation. We often hear “follow the money” in political and election conversations, as if that’s the only realm where money influences power, action, and decisions. Foundations, foreign policy, non-profits, journalism, scientific studies, industry research, universities, corporate-owned mass media, alternative/independent media, medical protocols, lobbyists, mass organized protests, global banks, disease treatments, cure campaigns, fact-checking websites, advertising, underwriting, social media, and endless examples prove if you dig deep enough, wade through the propaganda, and follow the money, you will reveal the purse strings that drive everything.

Money and profit are the spine and epoxy that holds the mass media ecosystems in place for the sponsors, advertisers, and industry stakeholders that rely on these distribution channels to push their narratives, messages, ideologies, agendas, and sell their products. Part of the decoding and deconstructing of messages, scripts, production elements, product placement, facts, opinions, propaganda, and content is understanding who owns the station or media outlet and who controls and edits what’s shared. The accompanying imagery, symbols, video, film, chosen music, and soundtracks are deliberate.

Silhouette Of People Working In Big Production StudioOwnership influences content and it certainly shapes what is shown, spoken, broadcast, transmitted, and published. Don’t be bamboozled by the illusion, contrived authority, precisely crafted messages, and slick and lustrous productions. It is all constructed, designed, and carefully manufactured based on ownership, sponsors, and advertisers, –and ultimately the almighty dollar and the bank accounts they fill.

Who owns the media you consume? Are you aware of who is the driving force behind the information you devour, follow, and seek? Have you noticed how much the content is fabricated and steered by ownership? Learn who owns the media outlet and recognize who wrote, directed, or developed the program, sponsored the ad, printed the article, published the newspaper, wrote an “advertorial”, and why, for clues along the money trail. (Amazon/Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and a Big Pharma vaccine billionaire recently bought the LA Times, for example.)

On average, 63% of people source some of their news from social media outlets. For social media, understanding who owns the platform, website, or app, which advertisers or sponsors contribute, and who has financial stakes in its success also determines what is allowed according to their proprietary policies, rules, and community standards. FaceBook owns Instagram (purchased for 1 billion) and What’s App (purchased for 19 billion)Five stockholders own Twitter and Twitter owns Periscope (the live-video streaming app). LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. Google owns YouTube (purchased for $1.65 billion).

Follow the money.

In an earlier blog post about the rampant and escalated censorship across social media, I wrote about how social media users are regularly being censored and banned from FaceBook, to Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. Since that blog post, I discovered there is an organization, Online Censorship, (formed in 2015), designed to track users’ censorship where social media users can submit a censorship report. Has anyone heard of this organization? You probably haven’t seen it promoted through traditional social media networks and didn’t even know it existed.

stop censorship free mind no suppression freedom of speech and tEven assorted search engines generate different results and censor based on ownership. Experiment with Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo to witness how search results are ranked, which key words do not net extensive results, and which results have been scrubbed clean and removed. What implications for censoring content that doesn’t comply with search engines’ or social media platform’s ownership, standards, and policies have on the access and free flow of information? Plenty.

The deregulation of media from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 resulted in US media ownership and consolidation in 1983 from 50 media company owners to six in 2018. Six owners control most of the mainstream media in the US. These six parent companies control much more than content in their extensive spiral of cross-platform subsidiaries, but also book/film distribution, movies/television programs, theme parks, magazines, radio/television broadcasting stations, sports teams, film production companies, cell phone and cable carriers, websites, newspapers, publishing and social media companies, etc.

Radio Transmitter. Tower With Tv Signal Transmitter. City With BEditors, writers, directors, producers, executive producers, donors, sponsors, underwriters, and more – all have a hand in the development process and contribute to the content, messages, and images/videos woven within. What is shown, what is omitted, what viewpoints are included or not – all are factors connected to ownership, financial interests, the chain of command, and who truly holds the ultimate editorial and distribution power.

Owners and stakeholders influence editorial, broadcast, and publishing decisions, and guide the direction of what is shared on a mass level. Transparency of deep money pockets is often not clear or disclosed by design. Financial stakes and interests can be revealed if you investigate and submerge below the surface to discover who is really behind the message and how ownership largely affects content.

Concentration of ownership and power is dangerous and not conducive to accessing a variety of viewpoints, diversified representation, or choice. Concentration of ownership reduces media plurality and selection. An overload of 800+ channels and there still isn’t much that is interesting or thought-provoking to watch. All owned by same companies, pushing the same message, with constant repetition, and carbon copies of one another. Mergers and the game of media Pac-Man resulted in our current media oligopoly. Controlling the distribution makes it much easier to manipulate and control the views, beliefs, content, and viewers/users.

Television Streaming Video. Media Tv On DemandHow can we truly have a democratic republic without the Fourth Estate (the media) protecting and informing the people? Instead mass media has become the 3rd arm of the government and the military industrial complex, an extension of Big Pharma, and an amplified voice for the those in power. When there is a conflict of interest, it challenges and disables production of a balanced report or truthful findings. There is both direct and indirect pressure to regurgitate and parrot media owners’ beliefs, viewpoints, and stances on issues. Internal self-censorship regularly occurs within news agencies. Isn’t this counterproductive for democracy, effective journalism, and freedom of speech?

How about we return the airwaves, publishing freedom, and the social internet to the people? Where the people drive their communication, their content (both developed and shared), customize how they want to use the platform, and decide what content enhances and adds meaning to their life without it being filtered through the media oligopoly and content gatekeepers? The platform designed to protect your privacy, your content, your freedom of speech — while encouraging the creation and collaboration of ideas and inspired action is unveiling soon! Sign up for updates at Medel.la, for the new name release, and platform launch!

~ Melissa A. Curtin