Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of Tibet House US, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion[…]
Thurman talks about what needs to change in media and its affect on the political process.
Question: What needs to change about American media?
Robert Thurman: We do have the net, and we do have some cable things, few, but they don’t reach the masses of the people, and they create a minority that’s aware and freaked out and you know the majority seems to sleep. But that’s because the majority is now under the guy – under the – under the – what I call the current American media, novelized media, which I call Guvel’s wet dream, (Peter laughs) you know totally adovistic, you know, like in everybody’s house ten, twelve hours a day, you know, the guvel only has little news reels, clips in some theaters for some people, but these people are in the house all day long and everybody’s huge TV set, constantly after them, with like nervous and anxiety, you know serving them drugs, I mean it’s – it’s unbearable, actually. And that – the most important thing would be to change that, and to recover the media belonging to the people. That would be the most important thing.