Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

There is no real oversight on the media and social media

It’s taboo. You can’t call for oversight of the press. It’s censorship. But it doesn’t need to be. Why should a journalist or outlet be able to write and publish anything they want as long as it’s not copyrighted or slander for the law? Lies, manipulations, it’s all on the house.

One should rightly object, but politicians use publicity also to lie and manipulate. That’s also a great flaw in democracy.

Don’t get me wrong, democracy is the best system to protect us against power players getting away with anything. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not up for improvement.

And now social media and Internet users can write almost anything they want. Their enablers are above the law too. They can allow anything (including terrorists’ communications) or forbid anything (like today, the most ultra-ultra-right party in Israel and gay Muslims in Indonesia). This is all their prerogative and they are not forced, not stopped and not regulated.

There is no system of checks and balances concerning the media. Politicians, the judiciary, the police, the voters, we all have some influence on what happens in their interplay. But the media are largely above the law and restrictions.

This just became more important now we can’t end our subscription or vote with our feet concerning our media. They broadcast also when no one wants their conduct or falsehood.

Freedom of the press is essential for democracy. But there should be penalties on liberties to lie, manipulate, indoctrinate, scare, incite, etc.

There certainly are media and writers who are decent, honest, responsible, etc., but all from the goodness of their hearts only.

The media are an important force in society and must be regulated too. Just like they have influence, they must be influenced upon. Soon.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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