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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Exploring how the media ‘can serve a better purpose’

Exploring how the media ‘can serve a better purpose’

At a time when public trust in the media is incredibly low, it’s worth looking at how the media can serve a greater purpose.

How can it help rebuild struggling communities, for instance, and how can it reveal hope in times of despair? How can it build trust?

These are big questions that we’re exploring at Images & Voices of Hope. We don’t have all the answers, but we look for answers in the stories we read, the photography and artwork we see, and the films we watch.

Today, journalist Josh Stearns tweeted a link to a short film that touches upon the value of finding a greater purpose. The film is based on a moving speech that screenwriter Charlie Kaufman delivered for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ 2011 Screenwriter’s Lecture Series.

In it, Kaufman says: “By being honest, thoughtful and aware of the existence of other living beings, a change can begin to happen in how we think of ourselves and the world, and ourselves in the world… I want to tell you that I have a hope that there’s another way to be in this world, and that I believe with courage, vulnerability and honesty that the stuff we put into the world can serve a better purpose.”

While geared toward screenwriters, the excerpt seems like a good motto for the media.

You can watch the film here: