4.10.17. HOMAGE TO CATALONIA
HOMAGE TO CATALONIA.
(To quote from George Orwell).
Spain is presently undergoing a constitutional crisis with the province of Catalonia threatening to breakaway to form an independent state.
Leaving aside the pros and cons of the Catalans‘ case, what has interested me has been the coverage of the situation by the media. It has been presented as something that has occurred all of a sudden, but that is not only what I want to know. As with all similar situations, I need to know BACKGROUND…
- What are the long, medium, short term and “the straw that broke the camel’s back” causes?
-Were the causes political, economic, social, cultural, religious?
-Have these causes varied in importance in relation to each other through time?
-What are the motives behind the Catalan search for autonomy?
-What is the point of view of the rest of Spain/The European Union compared with that of the Catalans?
Do all Catalans/the rest of Spain agree on the Independence Movement? If not, how and why not?
-What do recognised experts think of the present situation and what the future holds? How can I reconcile such a range of different opinions?
-To what extent is the news coming out of Catalonia and the rest of Spain, biased? What are the sources of evidence and how reliable are they?
IF SUCH QUESTIONS OCCUR TO YOU AND NOT OVER JUST THIS BUT ALL SUCH ISSUES THEN CONGRATULATIONS, YOU ARE CRITICALLY LITERATE!
IF THE MEDIA DOES NOT SUPPPLY SUCH INFORMATION, WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE MEDIA?