Archive for the 'Alt Media' Category

Alternative Media in Canada – finally!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

My chapter in Alternative Media in Canada began as a conversation over beer at the International Communication Association’s annual conference in Montreal in 2008. Many versions and almost four years later, the book is in print! And net neutrality and digital copyright, the subject of my chapter, are still as important as ever. I’m chuffed […]

Smart thoughts on the London Riots + one dumb journo

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

There’s been a lot of reactionary claptrap on the London Riots, exemplified in the clip above – an interview conducted by a mainstream media drone. Here’s some of the more intelligent stuff I’ve read: Shoplifters of the World Unite! – I expected nothing less of Žižek Feral Capitalism Hits the Streets – David Harvey elaborates […]

Notes from outside the fence: Police state, violence, aggression roundup

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Reports are coming in fast and furious to the Alternative Media Centre about house raids and pre-emptive arrests of key organizers in the G20 resistance. It appears as if the Integrated Security Unit is deploying a pre-planned sweep of known activists. Police visited two houses in Toronto’s westend early this morning. In one, a warrant […]

Notes from outside the fence: Challenging corporate media messaging

Friday, June 25th, 2010

If I can’t dance with crossdressing Harper I want no part of your revolution. If there’s one thing the corporate mainstream media love, it’s a good story. And by good story I mean sensational. And by sensational, I mean fear mongering. We have seen this as a baseline for the vast majority of mainstream reporting […]

Media making at the AMC

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Day 2 in the Alternative Media Centre saw more media making and collaborating activity, with AMCistas sharing tips, sources and story ideas, working out tech problems and forming affinity crews to cover events based on interest and need. There have been a number of activist arrests, including one beating and one raid… rest assured, AMCistas […]

g20AltMediaCentre is open!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I’ve been at the AMC all day – arriving just before the press conference at 10 this morning. You can read my story on the media scrum here. The mainstream media never cease to amaze me with their myopia and single-minded focus on sensationalism. Goddessforbid we talk about some issues. It really does get boring. Right […]