The problems of animal cruelty are global and therefore need a global solution. People active in animal rights are comparatively few in number to people supporting animal misery. On the other hand people who do the actual acts of cruelty are also a tiny number of people compared to the number of people who buy the products of cruelty.
PROPAGANDA is the key to ensuring industries of cruelty survive. And so it must also be the key to neutralising them. In the days before the word “propaganda” was considered negative founder of the Vegan Society and creator of the word “vegan” Donald Watson described himself as a propagandist.
Films such as Earthlings and Meet your Meat have had a significant impact in changing people’s attitudes and dietary habits. But these are one off events and there are many cases where people will watch said films and go vegan for a short while but then backslide as the shock of the material begins to slip out of their minds.
What we need is a form of permanent broadcast that never goes away. A 24 Hour vegan TV station is the ideal platform. If you get asked questions about veganism in your everyday life that seem repetitive and tiring just tell them to turn on the channel and find out.
In the age of the internet starting a live TV channel has become a trivial matter. Websites such as Ustream allow anybody to set up a TV channel allowing them to broadcast globally free of charge. They also offer free software that creates a virtual studio. With modern technology such as webcams it is possible for anyone with a reasonably modern computer to broadcast high quality live images and sound globally.
Hardy as the vegan diet makes you it is unlikely anyone will be able to broadcast live 24 hours a day 7 days a week. But with millions of vegans all over the world it would easy enough for short segments to be done by various people all over the world at hours that are convenient to them. And of course recorded shows can be broadcast.
A TV channel would make it possible to cover all aspects of the vegan lifestyle and show that people of all walks of life follow the diet and are highly effective and capable people.
On a broadcasting websites such as Ustream it is possible to broadcast on the same channel from multiple cameras and computers.
Webcams can be bought from ebay for less than $15 or £10. Often including P+P. It would be a good idea to experiment with a cheap one if you like the idea of broadcasting. Also many modern digital cameras double up as webcams.
As for myself I am distinctly mediocre with technology but it is getting a lot easier to use. If we were to make a channel then I would be willing to martial it from my computer but would also be more than willing to hand the task over to someone more capable.
I do not have a webcam at the moment but intend to get one soon.
It is also possible on Ustream to broadcast audio only and some of the radio stations are quite popular. I believe we could start broadcasting a radio station quite soon as it requires less equipment and broadcasting technique than TV. I have an account with Ustream and am going to attempt audio broadcast over the next few days. We could use the radio station broadcast as a template for a TV channel.
Arguably radio is as important as TV and so of course shall be deserving of its own blog.
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