As a communications student, I've learned a lot about media consolidation. But none of my classes have explored ways to fight back.
That’s why I can’t wait to go to the National Conference for Media Reform, which will be held in Denver on April 5–7. The conference is a place for people with curious minds to tackle big issues — and actually develop some solutions.
At this April's National Conference for Media Reform, women will be front and center. Many influential feminist voices will be heard throughout the conference, and several sessions will focus specifically on issues impacting women.
The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war has brought renewed attention to the media’s role in the run-up to the American invasion. By most accounts, nearly all major media outlets failed to do their job in the face of the Bush administration’s falsehood-filled campaign to lead the country into war.
I’m an actress, a partner and a mother who cares about truth and justice. That’s why I’m taking part in the National Conference for Media Reform.
I wanted to speak out because I’ve had enough — enough of the way Big Media exploit the apathy, paralysis and delusion they have deliberately fostered. They make changing our world for the better seem impossible.
But they’re wrong — change IS possible.
In just two weeks, Denver will be inundated with journalists, activists and media makers all coming together for the National Conference for Media Reform. But one of the things that sets this conference apart from the rest is the key role of artists and performers — from world-renowned musicians to politically inspired comedians to Denver’s very own DJs.
There are just a few slots left for the National Conference for Media Reform. (You can get registered here.)
Here’s why I’m going, along with thousands of other activists, media makers, techies and journalists.
You might remember that lovely time known as Election 2012. What did we hear in the media? Politicians talking about “legitimate rape,” Rush Limbaugh attacking women who use birth control — and fights about whether women should ... umm ... maybe get paid the same as a dude doing the same job.
Most women I know were left wondering how we ended up living in an episode of Mad Men.
I’m the Internet campaign director at Free Press — the guy who sends you emails about things like CISPA, Net Neutrality and mobile phone unlocking. I’m also the guy who put together the Internet-themed sessions for the National Conference for Media Reform.
Well, we just unveiled our program, and it’s fantastic.
Forget April in Paris — that’s nothing compared to April in Denver.
Paris may have its baguettes and blooming chestnut trees — but Denver has the National Conference for Media Reform. And you need to be there.