I have been trying for years to get my friends and family to eat more sustainable seafood, use less disposable bags, and generally try to think about what they use and throw away. I’ve had limited success.
But, once I started writing about some of these issues for a newspaper, I got comments along the lines of “So that’s what you were trying to say. I understand now.”
I’m not sure if this is because I was completely off-base in explaining things before, or if the fact that a newspaper published what I wrote made a difference in how people viewed what I said.
It’s a little terrifying to think about the amount of trust people place in the media. I’m not saying that people blindly follow whatever they read in print (although there are some out there who do), but there is a certain trust that what the media talk about must be worth some attention.