Help Celebrate ACME’s 5th Birthday!

October 1, 2007

From the Action Coalition for Media Education:

“Greetings media literacy education friends and colleagues, and happy FIFTH BIRTHDAY from all of us here at ACME!

In honor of ACME’s fifth birthday party, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership to the Action Coalition for Media Education. If you are already a member, you already know about ACME’s TEN BENEFITS of membership.

But, if you are new to us, you may not know that five years ago this fall, more than three hundred scholars, media educators, journalists, public health advocates, and interested citizens gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico to create something unique. The world’s first independently-funded and volunteer-run media literacy education coalition: ACME.

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ACME Summit 2006 Podcast

October 7, 2006

ACME Summit 2006 Podcast

The ACME 2006 Summit is underway at Champlain College here in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Last night, ACME Board President Rob Willams welcomed hundreds of attendees including students, educators, health professionals, journalists, media-makers and other concerned citizens.

Diane Wilson, author of An Unreasonable Woman: Being a 21st Century Citizen/Activist and Bill McKibben, author of Our 21st Century Media Culture: Re-Visiting the ‘Age of Missing Information’ both spoke during the opening plenary session.

Visit the ACME Summit 2006 podcast to hear audio from last night and check back throughout the weekend. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to receive updates as new audio becomes available.

Participate in the ACME Summit 2006 audio blog by leaving your comments and joining in the conversation.


ACME Youth Make Video Blog

September 28, 2006

Watch the video “Too Much TV”

Check out the new ACME Youth Make Video blog set-up by the Center for Media and Democracy:

“This site will be used to post videos that we make during the ACMEcoalition National Conference. With so many great names/faces/speakers/educators/thoughts we think we will be able to make a dozen or so quick short videos that share with you our flavor of what we see at the conference. We also hope this site can stay up after the conference for more youth to post and share their videos from around the sphere.”

Be sure to check out the video blog during the ACME Summit Oct. 6 – 8 and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates.


ACME Board President Rob Williams at Wednesday’s Save The Internet – Vermont Event

September 1, 2006

Pictures from VPIRG’s SavetheInternet Coalition’s Net Neutrality Event

From Vermont PIRG:

“August 31, 2006 in front of Senator Jeffords office in Montpelier, Vermont

Press release here includes speaker bios

Go Rob, ACME, and VPIRG!

For more, read “National Outpouring of Support for Net Neutrality” from the SaveTheInternet.com blog.


ACME’s E-newsletter/September 2006 (#9)

August 31, 2006

AIME ————————- > ACTION IN MEDIA EDUCATION
ACME’s e-newsletter/September 2006 (#9)
Sponsored by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME)

REGISTER NOW for ACME’S 3rd CONTINENTAL MEDIA EDUCATION SUMMIT!
OCTOBER 6-8, 2006 in BURLINGTON, VERMONT; Champlain College and the Wyndham Burlington

“Facing the Media Crisis: Media Education For Reform, Justice, and Democracy.” Register here: http://www.acmecoalition.org

FIFTY MEDIA EDUCATION WORKSHOPS taught by experienced teachers from around the continent!
Plus TWENTY KEYNOTES AND PLENARY SPEAKERS and a whole bunch of fun.

Just Added – ACME Summit Special Events!

Friday Evening:
A special 9:00-10:30 p.m. Wyndham Burlington screening of the NEW 10th anniversary DVD edition of “The Ad and the Ego,” with a Q and A dialogue with director Harold Boihem.

Saturday Lunch Panel (300 attendees maximum – optional lunch):
Beyond the “Dean Scream” – Lessons From Inside the Presidential Campaign of Howard Dean
ON-CAMPUS LUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION: $15 meal fee/First come, first served/300 attendees maximum.
This panel discussion, in association with a forthcoming book about the Dean campaign and the internet, will involve presentations by several individuals who worked inside the Dean campaign for President in 2003. The significance of that remarkable moment in the history of American politics has yet to be fully understood. The panelists’ stories of life inside the campaign provide some surprising insights into what happened, what worked, what didn’t, and what can be concluded about future efforts to increase the democratic character of American political life. Featuring Dean Internet campaign manager Zephyr Teachout, UVM media and communications professor Tom Streeter, and national blogging presence and Ned Lamont Internet campaigner Aldon Haynes.

Saturday Evening: ACME Around Town: Special Screenings and Events

7:00 – 11:00 135 Church Street, The “Fire House Gallery” Screening Room
“A Night of New Films from the Media Education Foundation” Come preview a variety of new MEF films and dialogue with the directors and producers!

7:00: Welcome and Introduction to the evening. Bill Yousman, Media Education Foundation and Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University. Class Dismissed: How Television Frames the Working Class—Introduced by the film’s co-producer, Pepi Leistyna, Professor of Linguistics at UMASS.

8:30: Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs— Introduced by Ronit Ridberg, producer of this and other MEF films including Spin the Bottle, and Wrestling with Manhood.

10:00: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Introduced by Bill Yousman.

8:00 – 11:00 Champlain College, Alumni Auditorium
“Censored In The USA: Election Integrity, 9/11Truth, Impeachment
Co-Sponsored by “Seven Stories Press” (www.sevenstories.com)
An assessment of the legality of recent Bush Administration actions, the reliability of our electoral process, the truth about 9-11, and their implications for democracy in the US. Featuring statistician and author Steve Freeman of Was the 2004 Presidential Election
Stolen?: Exit Polls, Election Fraud and the Official Count and Peter Phillips of Impeach The President and Censored 2007.

8:00 – 9:30 The Flynn Theater; Downtown Burlington
“FINDING THE DOORBELL”– Cindy Pierce’s One Woman Show
Join rising star comedienne Cindy Pierce for a side-splitting intimate evening of comedy! ACME Summit attendees may receive a discount on tickets by presenting ACME Summit name tags at the Flynn Theater box office prior to the show.

Sunday Night: The Wyndham, Burlington
Vermont Premiere of Robert Greenwald’s new film “Iraq For Sale” – 7:30 – 9:00. FREE to all Summit attendees! $25 for all non-Summit one night guests. Keynote addresses by U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Sanders and “Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman to follow.

OUR ACME 2006 Summit SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Good Night and Good Luck star David Strathairn (playing Edward R. Murrow), Wally Bowen, Internet citizen activist and MAIN founder. Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy executive director and leader in the fight to keep the Internet free and open. Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy. Doug Gentile, media effects researcher and author. Josh Golin, Center for Commercial-Free Childhood. Amy Goodman, journalist and host of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now.” Sut Jhally, author, speaker, filmmaker, and founder of the Media Education Foundation. Jean Kilbourne, popular speaker and author of Killing Us Softly and Can’t Buy My Love. Pepi Leistyna, author, filmmaker, and applied linguistics activist. Robert Jensen, University of Texas journalism professor and cogent critic of our corporate commercial media culture. Bob McCannon, long time popular speaker, NMMLP founding executive director, and ACME co-founder. Bill McKibben, popular speaker and author of the seminal The Age Of Missing Information. Carrie McLaren, blogger, hactivist, and ‘Stay Free!’ magazine founder. David Mindich, St. Michaels College Journalism professor and author of Tuned Out: Why Americans Under Forty Don’t Follow The News. Peter Phillips, Project Censored executive director. Harvard University public health researcher Michael Rich. Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media executive director. Commercial Alert Executive Director Gary Ruskin. One of the few independent Congressmen and U.S. Senate candidate, Bernard Sanders. Indy media leader Pete Tridesh, Prometheus Radio Project. Josh Silver, a leading media reformer and Free Press executive director. John Stauber, Center for Media and Democracy co-founder and author of many popular books and videos about the stealth industry. Diane Wilson, irrepressible citizen activist and famous author of An Unreasonable Woman.

Co-Sponsored By: Champlain College, Chelsea Green Press, CCTV, Center for Social Media, Media Education Foundation, Meme-FILMS, New Mexico Media Literacy Project, TV-B-Gone, and the Vermont Guardian.

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Still Time to Register for the ACME Summit 2006!

July 21, 2006

Facing the Media Crisis:
Media Education for Reform, Justice and Democracy

October 6-8, 2006
Burlington, Vermont

Detailed Summit Schedule/Download Promotional Materials/ Exhibitor’s Table Information/Register/Summit Registration Package/Invited Speakers/Co-Sponsors

ACMEBoston is co-sponsoring this year’s Action Coalition for Media Education Fall Summit. There is still time to register!

Here’s a list of some of the great plenary sessions that will be taking place at the summit:

PLENARY SESSION #1

Crashing The Gate: The Re-Localization Of Media: How are blogs going to impact local voices again being heard in local communities? How do online and handheld media sources radically re-connect individuals? “Crashing The Gate” author and national blogging presence Jerome Armstrong explores the communication transformations that are ongoing, how they are going to impact our media consumption, and what it means for our society.

See Jane: How Children’s Movies And TV Hide Gender Distortion In Plain Sight: In the most popular G-rated films and children’s television, male characters outnumber female characters by a lopsided margin, and narrow and bizarre gender stereotypes are widespread. The findings come from the most comprehensive content analysis ever conducted on G-rated films and children’s television, commissioned by the See Jane program of Dads & Daughters and conducted by UCS’s Annenberg School for Communication. Dads & Daughters President Joe Kelly describes the study results, how very young children watch these images repeatedly, and how advocates in and outside the industry can turn the tide.

Media Effects: What We Know, What We Need To Know, And What We Can Do About It: Douglas Gentile, developmental psychologist and director of the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University, teams with Michael Rich, pediatrician and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard, to present the current state of knowledge on the effects of media, positive and negative, on the physical and mental health of children. Dr. Gentile will explain the science of media effects research, explore his and other scientists’ findings particularly in the area of media violence and aggression, then Dr. Rich will examine the body of research to date, investigating outcomes including anxiety and depression, substance use, attention problems, body image, and obesity, among others, and will share examples of health-positive uses of media. Together, they will explore the strength of the research, what more is needed, responses of the health community, and what can be done given our current state of knowledge.

U.S. Media: The Burgeoning Movement And Prospects For Reform: Reforming the US media requires the collaborative efforts of independent media makers, media critique and literacy activists, and policy advocates. Former NMMLP executive director and current ACME Vice President Bob McCannon and Free Press Executive Director Josh Silver will discuss the confluence of these strategies, the state of national media reform efforts, opportunities and threats presented by current policy debates and prospects for reform.

PLENARY SESSION #2
Does Hollywood Need A Mother?: Join nationally syndicated film critic Sara Voorhees and Susannah Stern, Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of San Diego, for a frank exploration of Hollywood’s culture of assault – sex, drugs, violence, vulgarity and other anti-social behaviors. Does Hollywood produce “art,” or are movies and television more often appealing to our basest instincts solely because the first amendment says they can? How might we introduce personal responsibility in their quest for the box office gold?

Confronting A Pornographic Culture: Fighting Mass-Mediated Racism And Sexism: Of the mass-media genres in the United States today, nowhere is the racism and sexism of the culture on display as bluntly as in contemporary mass-marketed pornography. Is it possible to shape a progressive critique of pornography without being lumped together with reactionary forces? Yes. In his presentation, University of Texas professor of journalism Robert Jensen will offer an analysis that gets us past the conservative/liberal gridlock on the issue.

What’s Reality? Fake News, Real News and Weapons Of Mass Perception: Americans are awash in a hidden sea of media propaganda, the sophisticated product of a multi-billion dollar PR industry that manages public information, perception, opinion and policy on behalf of business and political elites. Corporate and government propaganda is the nemesis of democracy. Come join the Center for Media and Democracy’s John Stauber to explore how we can engage in a process of dissecting, revealing and confronting this propaganda: one of the keys to practicing 21st century media education and to revitalizing democratic values.

Digital Destiny: Democratic Media At The Crossroads: The U.S. media system is in the midst of a profound transformation. We are at an important crossroads. If w make the right decisions and collectively act, we might have a communications environment that nurtures civic participation, social justice, economic opportunity and creative expression. But if we fail to fight for the soul of our electronic media, we will witness the most powerful communications system ever developed under the control of a very few super-monopolies. Their vision for our media future is a 24/7 digital “brandwashing” machine that personally targets us with programming and advertising wherever we are – via TV, on-line, and through mobile services. Come join the Center for Digital Democracy’s Jeff Chester and MAIN Internet citizen activist Wally Bowen for a conversation about these issues.

PLENARY SESSION #3

Hacktivism 101: Carrie McLaren of Stay Free! magazine presents unusual strategies for countering corporate media: satirical pranks, stunts, and viral messaging.

“Optimism of the Will:” Media Literacy, Education & Politics: Come join Media Education Foundation (MEF) Executive Director Sut Jhally, executive producer of “Hijacking Catastrophe” and dozens of other topical media education films on a wide variety of topics, for an exploration of the connections among media education, politics, and education, broadly conceived.

Victories In The Struggle Against Commercialism!: Here’s a story you won’t see in the mainstream media: we’re winning plenty of victories against the commercialization of every nook and cranny of our lives and culture. Join Commercial Alert Executive Director Gary Ruskin and the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Josh Golin to find out what the victories are, what they mean, and why we’re winning.

Aether Madness: Join Prometheus Radio Project’s Hannah Sassaman and Pete Tridesh for an exploration of the awesome potential of the radio airwaves for social good, their sordid misuse in the hands of mendacious corporations, and what we all can do about it!

PLENARY SESSION #4

Sexualizing Childhood: How Big Media Represents Our Kids: Join renowned speaker and author Jean Kilbourne for a presentation and discussion about the ways in which Big Media sexualize our children, and what we might do about it.

TV For Everyone: How Community Cable Television Is Changing The 21st Century Media Landscape: Join Anthony Riddle of the Alliance for Community Media and local CCTV Executive Director Lauren-Glenn Davitian for an inspiring presentation about the importance of community cable television, and what you can do to get involved in the CCTV effort in your community.

Taking Critical News to Critical Mass: Strategies for Mainstreaming Muckraking: Independent journalist and veteran investigative reporter Kristina Borjesson discusses her ideas for creating a new paradigm for bringing real, relevant and hard-hitting news and information to a critical mass audience. For the last five years, Borjesson has been documenting the limitations of the current news paradigm in her books of conversations with and essays by dozens of this nation’s most distinguished journalists. Prior to publishing, Borjesson produced award-winning documentaries and news magazine pieces for network and cable television.

US Public Relations Propaganda and the New American Censorship: Come join Project Censored Executive Director Peter Phillips to discuss the increased use of public relations firms by the US government and private corporations to build news stories that corporate media outlets are uncritically accepting as real news. For action solutions, Phillips addresses the continuing importance of building the media democracy movement – especially the creation and expansion of independent news sources.

To learn more and register today, visit the ACME Summit 2006 on the web.


Action Coalition for Media Education July/August E-Newsletter

July 7, 2006

AIME ————————- > ACTION IN MEDIA EDUCATION
ACME’s e-newsletter/July-August 2006 (#7)
Sponsored by the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME)

REGISTER NOW for ACME’S 3rd CONTINENTAL MEDIA EDUCATION SUMMIT!
OCTOBER 6-8, 2006 in BURLINGTON, VERMONT

“Facing the Media Crisis: Media Education For Reform, Justice, and Democracy.”
Register here: http://www.acmecoalition.org

FIFTY MEDIA EDUCATION WORKSHOPS taught by experienced teachers from around the continent!
Plus TWENTY KEYNOTES AND PLENARY SPEAKERS, including:

Good Night and Good Luck star David Strathairn (playing Edward R. Murrow), Wally Bowen, Internet citizen activist and MAIN founder. Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy executive director and leader in the fight to keep the Internet free and open. Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Executive Director, CCTV Center for Media and Democracy. Doug Gentile, media effects researcher and author. Josh Golin, Center for Commercial-Free Childhood. Amy Goodman, journalist and host of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now.” Sut Jhally, author, speaker, filmmaker, and founder of the Media Education Foundation. Jean Kilbourne, popular speaker and author of Killing Us Softly and Can’t Buy My Love. Pepi Leistyna, author, filmmaker, and applied linguistics activist. Robert Jensen, University of Texas journalism professor and cogent critic of our corporate commercial media culture. Bob McCannon, long time popular speaker, NMMLP founding executive director, and ACME co-founder. Bill McKibben, popular speaker and author of the seminal The Age Of Missing Information. Carrie McLaren, blogger, hactivist, and ‘Stay Free!’ magazine founder. David Mindich, St. Michaels College Journalism professor and author of Tuned Out: Why Americans Under Forty Don’t Follow The News. Peter Phillips, Project Censored acclaimed founder and executive director. Harvard University public health researcher Michael Rich. Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media executive director. Commercial Alert Executive Director Gary Ruskin. One of the few independent Congressmen and U.S. Senate candidate, Bernard Sanders. Indy media leader Pete Tridesh, Prometheus Radio Project. Josh Silver, a leading media reformer and Free Press executive director. John Stauber, Center for Media and Democracy co-founder and author of many popular books and videos about the stealth industry. Diane Wilson, irrepressible citizen activist and famous author of An Unreasonable Woman.

Co-Sponsored By: Champlain College, Chelsea Green Press, CCTV, Media Education Foundation, Meme-FILMS, New Mexico Media Literacy Project, TV-B-Gone, and the Vermont Guardian.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JULY 14TH. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT!
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Please circulate globally. We rely on electronic word of mouth. And have a restful summer!
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