Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Don't be afraid of your shadows
What we learned last week from all the Lubavitcher coverage in Charedi publications - both Hebrew and English - is that magazines and newspapers are basically afraid of their shadows. They sit there and worry about the lone loser who's gonna be upset that they covered Lubavitch on 3 Tammuz or any other time, and will cancel his subscription, or - gasp! - call and complain. Most people have the intellectual capacity to understand that his or her point of view is not the only one, and he/she can understand that for the sake of unity it makes sense that this group of people and what goes on in their community needs to be covered as well. Once they understand that they can deal with the fact that group A, who they so despise, needs to have a bone thrown to him every once in a while. Otherwise, what you get is people sick and tired of the same group - with questionable achievements - being covered over and again, and you end up losing.