From Rochester Independent Media Center:
“We can have a cynical attitude in the face of the media to say nothing can be done about the dollar power that creates itself in images, words, digital communication, and computer systems that invades not just with an invasion of power, but with a way of seeing that world, of how they think the world should look. We could say, well, ‘that’s the way it is’ and do nothing. Or we can simply assume incredulity: we can say that any communication by the media monopolies is a total lie. We
can ignore it and go about our lives. But there is a third option that is neither conformity, nor skepticism, nor distrust: that is to construct a different way—to show the world what is really happening—to have a critical world view and to become interested in the truth if what happens to people who inhabit every corner of this world.”
The above words were read aloud in a statement by Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. And it is with those words that the independent media center movement began to germinate, eventually springing from the ground in Seattle of 1999 during the World Trade Organization summit. The Rochester Indymedia collective, just past our 10th year of operation, felt inspired to critically reflect on what we’ve produced, how we’ve produced it, and what we hope the next 10 years will bring. With that spirit of critical engagement, we invite you, our communities, our readership, and the public, to join us for Building Our Media: a critical discussion series on independent media.
Tonight, we will discuss Howard Zinn’s Essay: The Use and Abuse of History. (download pdf of article at: http://www.sendspace.com/file/1052l6) Zinn’s piece explains his approach to history and why the concept of objectivity in history writing and journalism is problematic.
November 8th, 7-9PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
First Week (Nov. 1):
give out booklets / watch video clips / have discussion
Second week (Nov. 8):
(Howard Zinn) The use and abuse of history
Third Week (Nov. 15):
What is Free Culture? / Free Culture Manifesto / Know Your Meme
Fourth Week (Nov. 29):
(Kyle Harris) Beyond Authenticity: Aesthetic Strategies and Anarchist Media
Fifth Week (Dec. 6):
(Carlos Fernandez) Movements & Militant Media: Communication Technology and Latin American Grassroots Politics
Sixth Week (Dec. 13):
(Jared Ball) Mixtape Manifesto: emancipatory journalism
Seventh Week (Dec. 20):
What’s next? / general discussion and/or discussion from participant chosen article