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.

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Jay Dedman at ACM Boston 2006

July 22, 2006

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A video excerpt of Jay Dedman, Node 101/FireAnt.tv, presenting at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Boston, July 8, 2006.

From the conference website:

Digital Content Distribution for the Producer

“From MPEG to Mp3, producers of media content have more distribution opportunities today than ever before. The proliferation of inexpensive media making tools is providing the opportunity for more people to become media makers, yet meaningful media creation still requires skilled training and distribution. Learn how PEG centers can foster the development of this new generation of producers by providing training as well as guidance in the various alternative methods of distribution while maintaining true to their mission.”

Moderator:
Jay Dedman, Node 101/FireAnt.tv

Speakers:
Ann Theis, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Aaron Valdez, Public Access Television Iowa City

Shawn Van Every, Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU

Jacob Redding, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

To download and listen to the complete audio podcast from this session, visit the ACMEBoston Podcast and subscribe to the RSS feed.

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by acmeboston with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.


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.


Radio Free Nashville

July 17, 2006

During Hannah Sassaman’s presentation at the Alliance for Community Media conference, she played a video from a Prometheus Radio Project barnraising with Radio Free Nashville.

Media Policy Blog posted the video:

Low Power to the People: Radio Free Nashville

Watch the video here

“In the spirit of neighbors pulling together to put up a new building, Prometheus holds radio barnraisings, events where we build individual community radio stations while advancing the movement for media democracy. Prometheus barnraisings allow new programmers to meet and new stations to compare notes on fundraising and equipment. At a typical barnraising, we bring expert facilitators to lead workshops on all sorts of topics of interest to new radio stations – like organizing within the FCC, introductions to different aspects of radio engineering, updates on media and democracy campaigns, and how radio can promote today’s social change.This short documentary profiles the barnraising of 98.9 WRFN-LPFM, Radio Free Nashville.” – Media Policy Blog


ACMEBoston Podcast: “Morphing from Music: iPods Enter the Classroom”

July 15, 2006

Morphing from Music: iPods Enter the Classroom” panel and discussion at the Media Giraffe Project Conference 2006 at UMass Amherst, June 28 – July 1, 2006.

Click here to listen to the ACMEBoston Podcast July 15, 2006

Download the PowerPoint presentation from Mark Frydenberg.

From the conference wiki:

Summary

“The how’s and why’s of sending downloadable audio files over the Internet — how is this being adopted by educators? How can an Internet news operation serve the need for classroom-ready podcasting material?”

Description

“Students and teachers as independent media producers now have the opportunity to level the playing field with mainstream media in distributing and exhibiting their work via podcasting to a larger audience. At Bentley College, students in information technology courses create audio and video podcasts to engage with a new technology and use it as a learning tool. In video production and mass communications courses, students focus on producing media to analyze the media. At Harvard Law School, teachers use podcasting to transform the classroom into a global conversation.

The presenters will share podcasting examples from students and teachers at both schools and discuss how new media tools and distribution models are creating powerful new spaces for debate, change, and learning.”

Presenters

Elizabeth LeDoux is a Lecturer in the Media & Culture program in the English Department at Bentley College.

Mark Frydenberg is a Senior Lecturer/Software Specialist in the Computer Information Systems Department at Bentley College.

Colin Rhinesmith is a Staff Assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, where he produces podcasts for AudioBerkman. Colin is also President of the Action Coalition for Media Education, Boston Chapter (ACMEBoston).


ACMEBoston Video Blog

July 9, 2006

“Prometheus Radio Project at ACM Boston 2006”
July 8, 2006

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Hannah Sassaman, Prometheus Radio Project, presenting at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Boston, July 8, 2006.

From the conference website:

Community Media Reaches Beyond Cable Television

“Community media is more than cable television production and transmission. Who are our media partners? While preserving the best of television, how can we reach out to new partners, tools and applications to enhance our services and relevance in our communities? How can we best use our centers to enrich, mobilize, and preserve our public interests?”

Moderator:
Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy

Speakers:
Jason Crow, CCTV Cambridge

Scott Alumbaugh, Sea Dog Designs

Karen Toering, Reclaim the Media

Inja Coates, Media Tank

Hannah Sassaman, Prometheus Radio Project

This video was originally shared on blip.tv by acmeboston with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.


ACMEBoston Podcast: “Digital Content Distribution for the Producer”

July 8, 2006

Digital Content Distribution for the Producer

Digital Content Distribution for the Producer” at the Alliance for Community Media Conference in Boston, July 5-8, 2006.

Click here to listen to the ACMEBoston Podcast July 7, 2006

Please note: the audio volume is low during Q & A because there was not an audience microphone.

From the conference website:

“From MPEG to Mp3, producers of media content have more distribution opportunities today than ever before. The proliferation of inexpensive media making tools is providing the opportunity for more people to become media makers, yet meaningful media creation still requires skilled training and distribution. Learn how PEG centers can foster the development of this new generation of producers by providing training as well as guidance in the various alternative methods of distribution while maintaining true to their mission.”

Moderator:
Jay Dedman, Node 101/FireAnt.tv

Speakers:
Ann Theis, Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Aaron Valdez, Public Access Television Iowa City

Shawn Van Every, Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU

Jacob Redding, Manhattan Neighborhood Network