Know the Media. Be the Media. Change the Media. These are the principles of the Media Democracy Project, which hosts Media Democracy Days on November 2 and 3, 2012, at the Vancouver Public Libary. The two-day event features plenary sessions and workshops about the power and role of media.
Media Democracy Days, Nov 2, 3
As independent media, CityHallWatch and MetroVanWatch will have a table at the exhibition. Come and visit us and see our display, especially a short presentation at 1 pm about Vancouver municipal issues. Many neighbourhoods struggle to get fair (or any) media coverage of their issues and perspectives. Among “developed” countries, Canada has the highest concentration of media into the smallest number of hands. Is the public relationship with the media a victim of that control and concentration? CityHallWatch has witnessed enough in recent years to convince us that media literacy is important –the public must take a greater interest in who owns and runs the mainstream media, and be active to ensure that they truly serve the public interest. In this endeavour, independent media have an important role to play.
See the whole program
All of the presentations, forums, and workshops look interesting, but we particularly find this one intriguing — about Big Data and Political Marketing, at 1:15 pm on Saturday. CityHallWatch has witnessed specific cases of what could be easily have been or become the mining of personal data in Vancouver for political gain by powerful civic parties.
See us listed among the participants
Excerpts from the program:
Media Democracy Days is organized by the Media Democracy Project, a group of people from both the academic and activist communities who are committed to democratizing the media.
We believe that the media are central to democracy for at least three reasons: (i) They are a significant source of political and cultural information for Canadians. (ii) They make some perspectives or messages part of the public discourse and neglect or omit others. And (iii) they are increasingly owned by large corporate conglomerates, who wield significant political and economic power. Our project is to promote democracy both within the media system and through the media, and focus on three principles,
Know the media | Be the media | Change the media
BELOW is the CONTENTS page of the program, as an appetizer. We encourage you to view the official program on the official website.
Media Democracy Days 2012 Overview
Friday Afternoon: Plenary Session & Vancouver Youth Digital Media Ecology Research Symposium, Julian Sefton-Green
Friday Afternoon: Workshops
- Promoting Missing Stories
- Making Radio for Social Change: A Hands On Workshop
- Media, Revolutions and Regimes
Friday Evening: Opening Keynote & Film Screening
- Keynote Talk: Sunera Thobani
- Film: Words of Witness (2012) [Documentary | Directed by Mai Iskander]
- MDD Opening Reception Sponsored by Vancity
Saturday: Opening Plenary
- Keynote Talk: Ricardo Dominguez
Panel Topics: Overview
- ‘Keeping the Media Public’
- ‘Big Data and Political Marketing’
- ‘Muzzling the Scientists’
- Programme Snapshot
- ‘Decolonizing Media’
- ‘Who’s Watching You? The Politics of Surveillance’
- ‘Working in the Communications and Creative Industries’
Saturday: Closing Plenary
Media Fair Participants
CounterCulture Series: Upcoming Event
MDD Sponsors and Supporters