Re: educating the public

David Wm. Cavers (CAVERS@SSCL.UWO.CA)
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 18:04:08 -0400

John Steele's point is well taken that the media wants sex and violence,
on the other hand they play the same violence and/or sex over several times.
Rather than doing this they could, after going into the violence for the first
few braodcasts, use some of the time in which the general public is tuning out
while watching the same news for the third day in a row to go into some of the
details. This would not take any extra time. As for the problem of needing
no anthropological background, although I am by no means an expert on Rwanda
I have provided some information on the historical and socio-cultural
background of the current situation in lay terms, which interested
non-anthropologists have claimed to find helpful. I'm sure if I can, then more
knowledgable individuals with experience in teaching and researching the area,
for example Rene Lemarchand, could do so far better than I have.
Even if it doesn't work I think its worth the effort.