EVENT: Apocalypse Soon for Public Media?
An On-line Community Discussion featuring Live Podcasting and Blogging
[Boston-area folks invited to be in the live audience]
33 Harrison Ave., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
-- corner of Harrison Ave. and Beach St. in Chinatown, 3 blocks from the Boston Common --
Partial List of Commentators:
- Andy Carvin: Founding Editor, Digital Divide Network, Blogger, PBS Learning.Now
- Dan Coughlin: Director, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
- Alyce Myatt: Strategic communications planner and advocate for independent media organizations and the philanthropic community.
- Fred Johnson: Director, Community Media and Technology Program, College of Public and Community Service, UMass Boston.
- Chuck Sherwood: Principal, Community Media Visioning Partners, a Public Sector consultancy serving Local Franchising Authorities and PEG Access Management Organizations.
Public media and the Internet are in deep trouble. We are currently seeing the emergence of the communications and media systems we will live with for the next several decades. And, as we write, there are proposals in Congress that dramatically threaten the public interest, and the potential for innovation and media justice in those emerging systems, in the US and around the world.
At stake are:
- local control of our communications infrastructure,
- the survival of the Internet as an open and affordable communications network [a.k.a. "net neutrality"]
- maintaining and expanding public access to cable and other media production and distribution resources
- our communications rights to receive and create media
- the democratic and equitable provision of telecommunications access to low income communities and communities of color
- the future of public service media
- the ability of local government to assure the communications infrastructure is present to support progressive economic development.
Please join our group of experienced communications and media commentators, and a live and virtual audience, for a discussion of these issues, and what can be done about the current proposals in Congress. For more information, contact Jason Pramas jpramas at igc.org.