The media response to vegan activism... We’re at a point where social media holds power, and the influence of mainstream media is declining. All it takes is an internet connection, and a message, to reach millions.
The media response to vegan activism is often negative. But, theirs is not the only response reaching people’s eyes, ears, and hearts. We don’t just get information from papers and the news, it’s also from blogs, videos, live-streams, podcasts, images, documentaries, and more.
We can’t stop the media criticism, manipulation, and false reporting. What we can do, is make our voices more powerful, in response.
Powerful doesn’t mean aggressive or hateful. Powerful can mean empathetic, compassionate, impactful, curious, determined, and perseverant.
There’s always room for improvement, with all interaction. If we’re not coping mentally, or our message is being consistently misunderstood, it’s always worth asking ourselves if there’s something WE can do to improve. Growth is good, especially for activists.
To my mind, the worst thing we can do is let the opinions of others silence us. Nonviolent civil disobedience (like the QLD action yesterday) has always been criticized. But we must not let that stop us.