b. We must believe that ours is a profession of immense power and influence. We have the power to shape minds, thought and character. We believe that education shapes and empowers the human intellect and spirit. So to be a force in the Fifth Estate we must reclaim our intellectual leadership. This must of course be derived from the quality of scholarship of the leaders of the universities. Therefore the academia can visible in the public eye.
c. We must believe that in the course of our work we can give voice to the marginalised. In this space we re-assert that all-important relationship between the university and society. In this we must be willing to take up the cause of the marginalised. Our research should guide the conversations on topics that concern society and the minorities who have no one to speak for them.
d.We must use our expertise to differentiate ourself from the citizen journalists that operate in the blogosphere. Many bloggers advocate the same things we dislike in the Fourth Estate. They are often biased and tend to take extreme positions, regardless of the facts.
e. Focus on the people, not on the technology. This is what sets we apart from the other folks who claim the Fifth Estate. For them it is Facebook, Twitter and their blogs. We are trained to analyse, to teach, to communicate. This is about extending our reach beyond our classroom. What power we have at our fingertips! Use it well.
The end of his speech, he mentioned that there is a place for academia in the Fifth Estate. As much as a place for government and government officials. Like many of us here. For in the final analysis, what the Fifth Estate has to do is to influence people, and for the right reasons; in what is right, what is true and what is good. For is it not said somewhere that the voice of the people is the voice of God!