• McChesney’s “Digital Disconnect” analyzes corporate control of our digital communications future

    Digital Disconnect aims to bring a political economy analysis to our digital media communication future. Specifically, McChesney describes and applies a “political economy of communication” (PEC) that “evaluates media and communication systems by determining how they affect political and social power in society and whether they are, on balance, forces for or against democracy and successful self-government.”

    And he notes that how a society chooses to structure its media system is “of paramount importance.”

 

  • Supporting Independent Media to Grow

    “If independent and alternative media are important to the success of social movements, then finding ways to fund that media is something that needs to be taken seriously.”

 

  • Media Ecosystem: Growing Better Media Gardens

    “In Media Ecosystem, Antonio Lopez examines how participatory media can draw an end to the ‘world system’ of the Industrial-Scientific Revolution and supplant it with a much needed Sustainability Revolution.”

    “It’s an ecological approach to media that both understands the world of media as an ecosystem, and connects media to the physical world and ecological problems that are caused both directly and indirectly through media. It looks not only at the ecological footprint of our media systems, but the mindprint that exposure to dominant corporatized mass media leaves on us.”

 

 

  • Represent?! – The Multimedia & Multiculturalism challenge

    “When you ask youth – particularly ethnocultural youth – and they say that the biggest missing link to them feeling a sense of belonging in broader society is the media, you (should) pay attention. Maybe even do something about it.”

    Includes links to 10 videos (panel discussion, spoken word performers, and interviews with program coordinators) from the Ottawa launch of the M&M project.

 

  • Challenging Corporate Media

    As Robert McChesney states, “regardless of what a progressive group’s first issue of importance is, its second issue should be media and communication, because so long as the media are in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the board.”

    This is advice that could be heeded by anyone looking to change the world for the better. Media activists have long been involved in creating alternative media, but there are other forms of activity that are also important in dealing with the problems we now face in our communication structures.

 

  • Discussion on Independent Media

    Notes taken from a discussion on independent media as part of the ‘open space’ part of the open university summer program at Concordia University, Montreal, on June 19, 2008.

 

  • Building a local Independent Media network

    Ideas from a workshop I put together, based on my experiences in the Indymedia network, and presented at the Uncensoring Media Morphosis conference at Carleton University, 2004.

    “It is frustrating to see so many people concentrating so much energy on the mainstream media. Once we’ve established that there are serious problems there, it doesn’t help to keep saying what is wrong with it. We can decide we need to build something new, then put our energy into that effort.”

 

 

  • Independent Media – ideas and strategy

    Comprehensive notes developed from discussion in different Independent Media Centre workshops held in Toronto in 2002 & 2003 – at the Anarchist Bookfair, and Social Forum(s).

 

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