As I have stated elsewhere, people take critiques to their favorite shows personally.
And to date, this reality has confounded me. On one hand, I question why a particular media presentation is popular because I need to be able to reproduce the efforts or at least have the ability to ascertain them. On the other, I want to know what the impact of a popular presentation is, and if that will be harmful to my purposes, worldview, and visions for the world. This exercise in pure insanity(I promise you it is…) has led me to wish I was better at fictional story composition. But, then I think about all the great fictional story composers I know with books not selling, and I simply regret I even had that thought.
The question, I suppose, that is always most salient is when I ask Owl,”Why does this matter to you?”
(Yeah, I allow my Self to talk to me like that.)
And I believe that the two suggestions above go about answering that. Why do I care that most US Black African Americans have not developed a necessary media trust or critical media empathy faculty or even know what that is if put in their own terms? I care because the more numbers of human attuned to a particular frequency, the more whatever comes across that particular frequency becomes a factor or a cultural norm. The almost cult following of Black African American media images demands a population being media literate. I do not believe I ask the wrong questions here. I do not believe I ask any questions that a practitioner of any of the media creation crafts would not ask of themselves. I am not asking why the sun shines, only why it has the impact that it does, and what exactly is its impact.
I am simply asking:
- 1. What makes a particular Black media presentation popular?
- 2. What are the quantifiable impacts on Blacks that consume the particular piece of popular Black media presentation?
- 3. What are the qualitative impacts on Blacks that consume the particular piece of popular Black media presentation?
- 4. What are the quantifiable gains made by those that created and those that produce if they are not the same person or group the particular piece of popular Black media presentation?
- 5. And what are the qualitative natures of those that created–and those that produce if they are not the same person–that particular piece of popular Black media?