The beauty of being isolated from the hammer of American media conglomerates is the luxury it brings in the choice of independent media outlets to browse the latest news. The more research and classes I spend on Media and the information revolution, the more evident it is that information is a fundamental pillar of democracies worldwide. Stringent regimes thrive on controlling information. Intense propaganda is best served by a handful of media conglomerates.
Now is not the time to launch into an organized argument against the state of media in the United States. Instead I want to plead for all my friends to spend the time watching this program from Democracy Now (1). In this broadcast from June 6th 2008 you will see:
- 6th June 2008 Headlines
- Robert McChesney, Co-founder of Free Press, Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas and Josh Silver, Executive Director of Free Press, speaking about the necessity of independent media outlets and net neutrality (video embedded below).
- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps in a fantastic piece on the outrageous state of affair at the Federal Communications Commission;
- The very articulate Adrienne Maree Brown on the brilliant Ruckus Society and;
- Native American writer Louise Erdrich, author of Love medicine.
This is a 10 minute segment from the broadcast hosted on YouTube.
Download the video of the Democracy Now! June 6th broadcast
Democracy Now! video podcast.
The broadcast is an hour long, but it is an hour essentially spent.
Thanks for taking the time to watch this. Be informed.