Most of my posts thus far have dealt with politics in some capacity. I have attempted to raise issues that I feel need to be addressed rather than ignored. It is important, however, to acknowledge that my view is merely one way of looking at the truth of any given situation; I, like French social theorist Michel Foucault, try to recognize that discourse is what builds a “truth” in favour of a dominant power’s view.
The dominant power in any situation is able to use discourses to create a kind of “regime of truth”. However, “truth” lies on a continuum: For example, one view may call a group a “terrorist cell”, while another view labels this same group “freedom Fighters.”
Depending on the political dominance of one group over the other, the stronger group gets to tell their story of what the “truth” is. To illustrate this, from the Taliban perspective they are “freedom fighters”; but from most of the rest of the world’s (media informed) view this same group is a “terrorist” organization. Both sides tell a truth; but the whole truth resides on a continuum of usually opposing views. To get the full truth of any situation, both extremes need to be acknowledged–but the dominant group will always get to tell their dominant view to the world. The weaker group’s “truth” will not rein with the many but the few.
The language that people use tells much about the side of “truth” that they are representing. I attempt to shed light on the “truth” that I would like to see rein dominant in this world. I feel that silence is never an option as long as the dominant view is counter to what I feel is right, fair, and just. In a world where the dominant group (relatively small in number compared to the rest of the world’s population) is in control of mainstream media discourse, alternative avenues of media (like this blog) offer me a voice. Where I view injustice; or where I view discourses that support an ideological view of the “truth” that is in opposition to what I feel is right, silence on my part only allows the things I dislike in this world to flourish unhindered.
I may not be the dominant voice but at least I am able (with this blog) to have a small one.
Thank-you readers for your continued support,
~Justin Allen Philcox