elephantTV is a series of debates that present a range of perspectives on issues in society, so that citizens can come to informed and thoughtful conclusions, and respect each other despite our differences of opinion.
why ‘elephant’ TV?
The “elephant in the room” is an English expression for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed, or an obvious problem that no one wants to discuss. It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there, have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue. We aim to confront the “elephants” in the room.
the history of elephantTV
elephantTV began its life in May 2008 when a story about a paratrooper in the U.S Army who had an ‘awakening’ while fighting in Iraq, was published in the American media. He came to the conclusion that “Serving Jesus is doing the opposite of participating in war, it is loving your enemy, avoiding conflict, being humble and living peacefully. I am unable to serve the Lord and support war.” This soldier came to the conclusion that he could no longer shoot and kill. This began the first iteration of elephantTV which was a product for the Church to talk about their differences. This was filmed in 2011 and is still available on Youtube.
In 2021 elephantTV is back but iteration ‘2’ is aimed at society in general and asking questions that are being talked about in society. We now use online portals and tools to invite the best people available to look at the issue of the day, debate it in a safe and respectful way, and show to society that the algorithms don’t have to dictate the tone and nature of these conversations by showing us the extreme 5% at either end.
Episode One: Affordable Quality Housing is a Right
Episode Two: Are Hate Speech Laws Necessary?
2011 OG elephantTV
If you want a cheeky look at some highlights from our pilot, which was on War, please click here to see a short highlight reel