Media and Democracy: A Community Dialogue
Tuesday, June 23
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Hamilton Public Library – Downtown Branch – Hamilton Room
In Manufacturing Consent, Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky wrote:
“Perhaps this is an obvious point, but the democratic postulate is that the media are independent and committed to discovering and reporting the truth, and that they do not merely reflect the world as powerful groups wish it to be perceived. … If, however, the powerful are able to fix the premise of discourse, to decide what the general populace is allowed to see, hear, and think about, and to “manage” public opinion by regular propaganda campaigns, the standard view of how the system works is at serious odds with reality.”
Given that media information – whether print, radio, televised, or on-line – informs the worldview of most Canadians, how important is it that this information reflects a wide range of interest and opinion? Is today’s media landscape fully “managed” by elite interests, or is there space where independent information can flow via non-corporate journalism, and through corporate journalism that maintains its critical integrity? Canadians now face several contentious and highly-charged issues – the debate over Tar Sands development and climate change, the profiling of racialized minorities by police, the struggle for Native self-government and environmental protection, a militarized and imperialistic foreign policy, violence and harassment against women, and the increasing wealth gap between rich and poor. If our democracy is to successfully navigate these challenges, what role will independent media play?
The Hamilton Independent Media Awards (HIMAs) invites you to a panel presentation and discussion on these questions. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served. We are asking for a $5 donation, or PWYC, with all proceeds going to support the 2015 Independent Media Awards.
Jeff Mahoney, featured columnist, The Hamilton Spectator
Nahnda Garlow – Two Row Times
Ryan McGreal – Raise the Hammer
Luz Hernandez – La Presencia Latina
Michelle Both – Unpack Magazine
Veronica Simmonds – Canadian Media Guild
Sponsors: Hamilton Public Library, Canadian Media Guild, Hamilton Media Guild, Sky Dragon Cooperative