The Fourth Estate is an independent group of local young artists and thinkers exploring diverse understandings, perspectives and experiences of democracy. They will provide media coverage for 2970° The Boiling Point: Practising Democracy through blog posts, Twitter and Instagram.
About The Fourth Estate
“Democracy is a notion that individuals are equitable and empowered within their community. For a practising democracy to remain responsive to the needs of the people and environment, inclusion of understandings outside of linear definitions is essential. I feel that by developing a sense of community beyond borders, valuing diversified histories and voices, democracy can flourish.”
“Democracy, I believe, is a system that is beneficial so that the voice of the people can be adequately heard and acted upon. However, no system is without fault and only by openly discussing the faults and potential consequences can we discover solutions. I love hearing how different political systems work and how humans as a species have devised different ways to be governed. I love to chat and love to be challenged on my notions so that a better understanding can be discovered.”
“I believe in the power of grassroots resistance and explore this in my photography, writing, activism and social research. Thus, I see the potential of democracy when emerging from community initiatives. I believe that as individuals we have the power to question and act upon social structures, including those based on democracy. I love exploring and being part of creatively and politically engaged projects that seek to construct a more socially just world.”
“I believe that critical thinking is root for positive change. Real change happens from inner structures; from the individual level to a global scale change must come from within. Democracy has been hacked by big players and has been masked by the 4th power; the media. One person owns nearly 70% of Australian media, playing the role of assignment editor, telling the public what to think disguising biases and corporate agendas. Critical thinking is the antidote to break through many of the barriers we build around our thoughts. Media literacy is foundation for real democracy and it is key to spread the message that benefits us all; the truth.”