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FRIDAY WORKSHOPS: Media Democracy Days 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT)
Media Democracy Days 2012 Workshops
Alma VanDusen Room, Vancouver Public Library, Central Library (350 W. Georgia Street)
November 2, 2012 | From 1:00-5:30PM
1) Making Radio for Social Change: A Hands On Workshop | Hosted by Redeye (CFRO)
A hands-on introduction to accessing and creating community radio. Participants will discover the pros and cons of different techniques for broadcast journalism, as well as why communtiy radio is uniquely suited to those with a keen interest in non-commercial and anti-establishment programming. If you want to develop needed skills, this workshop is for you! Led by members of Redeye, CFRO’s longest running public affairs program, broadcasting at 100.5 FM every Saturday from 9:00AM-12:00PM.
2) Promoting the Missing Stories | Hosted by rabble.ca
‘Promoting the Missing Stories’ is aimed at engaging participants in both identifying under reported stories and developing new strategies for how we might make them more visible. Hosted by members of rabble.ca, one of Canada’s leading non-profit independent media organizations, this workshop enhances opportunities for citizens to actively participate in media-making, and draw attention to stories and perspectives obscured by dominant, highly-commercialized, and increasingly consolidated news media.
3) Media, Revolution and Regimes | Hosted by The Cinematheque
In all revolutions across history and geography, communication and technology have played a crucial role in the spreading of ideas. The use of the printing press during the French Revolution, the propagandist films of Nazi Germany, and more recently the use of social media during the Arab Spring all illustrate how revolutionaries and oppressors alike have utilized communication technologies. This workshop engages us in discussion about how different media tools have been used to attempt to surveil and control societies, and how the very same tools can be taken up as weapons of revolution. Join us to analyze what it takes to not only cause a revolution, but to create one as well, and how that matters to us in the new information society of the 21st century. Hosted by The Cinematheque.
Media Democracy Days 2012
Media Democracy Days (MDD) is about democratization both through the media, and of the media. This means using the media for democratic self-governance; and reshaping the media themselves to make them more accessible, accountable, representative.
Vancouver has many wonderful cultural, media and arts festivals; that’s part of what makes the city as vibrant as it is. MDD draws on and is inspired by many of these festivals, but our project is a bit different. In the broadest and non-partisan sense, it is a political event, because democracy is always a political concept. It’s about how we govern ourselves, what contributions the media make to that process – and, perhaps most importantly, how we as citizens govern the media.
Throughout its history MDD has approached the project of media democratization with a three-pronged ambition:
- Know the media by engaging in critical, progressive, cross-cultural, and intergenerational policy dialogue
- Be the media by working directly with local media makers to produce messages that intervene in cultural and political life
- Change the media by collaborating with community members to create progressive coalitions and actionable political goals.
MDD has always been about building. We seek to build a vibrant local network of reformers (as a resource for campaigns, events), a community (sense of shared belonging), and a social movement (working collectively towards common goals).
Finally, it’s about building bridges:
- Between generations by combining the social networking and online savvy of today’s generation of activists, with the political campaigning and policy analysis experience of the boomers and beyond.
- Between technologies by considering the implications of policy on the ‘mass’ media of broadcasting and press as well as the supple, interactive ‘new’ media, as both are vital components of a democratic media ecology. The important divide is not between technologies, but between governing logics — corporate profit-oriented media, which dominate today’s system, on the one hand; and public service, community, and grassroots do-it-yourself media, on the other.
- Between the sphere of using and producing media, and the sphere of policy advocacy by strategizing and realizing interventions that involve citizens in the process of making the rules (net neutrality, usage-based billing, ownership concentration) that shape the architecture of the whole system.