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Reclaiming the media - a job too big for one organization
Submitted by jonathan on Sat, 2009-02-28 09:37
We usually get a warm feeling when international media critics, writers, activists or organizers take up the "Reclaim the Media" meme independently from us, whether it appears in the titles of books or articles, as an Indymedia slogan (below) or as graffiti in Rome. So we'd like to say a big hello to the folks at the Linke Medienakademie (Left Media Academy) in Berlin, who are using the phrase as a tagline for their multi-day mediamakers' conference Netzte Knüpfen (creating networks).
The conference takes place March 6-8, and brings together media producers, academics and social media organizers. Topics include nuts-and-bolts grassroots media production training, ad-busting, organizing against anti-semitism and the far right, and Chomsky-style media analysis (including a screening of Mark Achbar's wonderful film Manufacturing Consent). Coincidentally, the speakers list includes our friend Zack Exley, an online activism expert who has written about the Obama campaign and worked on a number of successful online campaigns. Reclaim the Media is the conference's day for youth media makers.