(en) Liberating Media: a weekend of culture jamming,

Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG@alcor.concordia.ca)
Tue, 02 Sep 1997 01:27:12 -0400

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Liberating Media

a weekend of culture jamming, media, and community democracy with Toronto's Media Collective & Beverly Naidus

The shift from the local community to the global market is plagued by centuries of empire, appropriation, and exploitation. This struggle is marked by the consolidation and centralization of the majority of the media in the hands of a few.

"Media" does not refer to an institution, or a technological artifact, but rather an environment in which we all live. Media are the tools by which we communicate amongst ourselves, each other, and the world at large.

Communication is one of the most powerful things in the world. To control the flow of communication means even more power. The increasing corporate concentration of media declares the birth of a new regime of information mono cropping and mental colonization.

We can break the homogeneity of the media monopoly by expressing ourselves with our own media. Taking back our media means taking back our freedom and engaging in a revolution of many minds against a common enemy. Through workshops, panel discussions, and lectures, events such as Liberating Media seek to encourage and inspire participants to take back our media and our freedom in the diversity of forms in which they both exist.

---- Saturday, September 14th

10:30 - 12:00 Creating Independant Media: A discussion on some of the experiences of the Toronto Media Collective, including organizing events and actions, engaging the local media, and how it all fits into the larger activist scene.

12:30 - 2:00 FreeNets (with Club Libertel): A discussion on the Electronic Community Network Movement and a report of Club Libertel Montreal's activities. 2:15 - 3:45 Community Radio with CKUT: An opportunity to familiarize yourself with community radio and it's role in social movements and media democracy.

4:00 - 5:30 Independent Media Networking: A panel discussion with Videazimut, AMARC, and The Media Collective.

6:00 - 8:00 Art & Activism (with Beverly Naidus): A slide show and talk on activist art that focuses on social justice and ecological issues.

Sunday, September 14th

12:00 - 1:30 Popular Theater (with Mala Khanna): theater by the people of the people for the people and about the people.

1:45 - 3:15 Social Anarchism: (with Rebecca Pates) An exploration of anarchist theory and praxis and how it relates to the individual, social political and ecological spheres.

3:30 - 5:00 Culture Jamming: (with The Media Collective) Tactics to reclaim your environment, from billboard correction to adbusting.

5:15 - 6:45 Anarchism & the Media: (with The Media Collective) How does the privatization of public space and corporatization of media effect our communities?

Suggested Donation: $2 = One workshop / $5 = One day / 10 = The weekend

Participants are encouraged to register in advance. There is a limit of 40 people per workshop or panel.

Events are taking place at the Simone De Beauvoir Institute, 2170 Bishop (Metro Guy-Concordia).

For further information and to register, please contact:

The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia University 2130 Mackay, Room 101 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 2J1

Tel.: (514) 848-7585 Fax.: (514) 848-7584 Email: QPIRG@alcor.concordia.ca http://alcor.concordia.ca/~qpirg/media/

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