NAEB Newsletter (May 1956)

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-9- One other important thing discussed at the Board meeting was proposed amendments to the Constitution* A draft of a fairly basic revision proposed by Vernon Bronson after con¬ siderable study of other organisations and discussions with Dick Hull, some members of the Board, and yours truly at the time of my visit to Miami, will be slightly re-worked and distributed well in advance of the Atlanta Convention to en¬ able study by all members before it is voted on. This attempt to re-define and sharpen the statements and classifica¬ tions needed for the NAEB in its dual role of a professional association (utilizing individual members and talents) and a trade association (of broadcasting institution member repre¬ sentatives), which at the same time is operating a network for radio. The best thinking of all members is needed on this im¬ portant problem, and I hope you will all read these materials and be prepared to give your best thinking on them when they reach you. The IERT itself contained a number of fine talks this.year. The feeling on the part of people who attended the discussion groups and clinics seems to vary considerably, depending on which groups they attended. Since the results and an evaluation of these sessions are not available at this time, I shall re¬ strict myself to brief comments on two or three of the out¬ standing talks. The first was by Charles Siepmann on April 17. His talks are always provocative and well-prepared. He expressed concern at the extent to which we have spread money and the symbols of our standard of living better than culture or education. He was equally concerned with our preoccupation with "our little pile” "(of money), our increasing conformity of thought, our looking to broadcasting to flatter rather than to fulfill us, and the extent to which original thinkers, with ideas essential to the dynamics of a democratic society, are now so frequently dismissed as radical, rather than being given considered at¬ tention. He was followed by Mr. Alan Griffin, Professor of Edu¬ cation at Ohio State, who also had a few statements to make which I found provocative. He pointed out our growing inclina¬ tion to educate children to serve got ends, rather than to realize their potential. Too rarely have we realized that all other men’s education helps us. He also threw out for thought the idea that we can no longer manipulate the minds of other people to our ends, as we used to think we could. "The world has almost outgrown propaganda as a technique of control."