Now I learn of another ‘topless’ protest in Argentina, for (I think, if my Spanish is good enough) Free the Nipple. I’ve only just discovered this, and the protest took place last February, but what’s interesting is that the reporter, Moreno Pardo, who works for a news(?) organisation called Rosarioplus.com. joins in!
I find that when disseminating the news, the mainstream media adopt an editorial viewpoint and report accordingly, mostly acting as ‘organs of the state’ (including the BBC). It’s unlikely you’ll find a reporter jump off the fence in any radical manner, mostly toeing the broadcaster and government’s line and offering only token ‘opposition’ by perhaps asking one or two soft questions which are intended to be batted back by the government spokesperson with ease, but the questions may still be presented as ‘evidence’ or ‘editorial balance’.
One of the great things about the digital age is that there’s a lot of micro-broadcasting organisations out there who now accurately counter a bland, meaningless version of ‘news’.
Would one of the major news organisations ever consider 19 seconds on a topic -top free equality- that affects half of the world’s population? No. Which is why it’s hugely refreshing to find a news outlet dedicate 19 minutes to the issue, and for the reporter to nail her colours to the mast by coming firmly down on the side of top-free equality herself. You go, girl! If major news outlets were to begin dedicating 19 minutes to top-freedom, how long might it be before the population determined that their governments passed it into law?
Mark my words: top freedom will eventually be like the Berlin Wall, and the entire Eastern (European) Bloc collapsing. The instant one nation opts to make it law, a domino effect will follow.