Our Times 3

Robert Hackett

  • Opening Up to Media Democracy

    The social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s gave birth to the “underground press,” which helped constitute the youthful counter-culture and protest movements. But the alternative media and movements of the era did not generate activism oriented towards changing the very structure and policy framework of the media system.

  • Why Media Reform Should Be a Democratic Priority

    Media are the institutional space that concentrates society’s symbolic power, a concentration that the Internet has only somewhat ameliorated. Yes, the Internet is an invaluable organizing tool for activism – but it’s also a foremost means of neoliberal globalization. Besides, as Steve Anderson discusses elsewhere in this issue, its most democratic aspects are under threat from the logic of enclosure, one backed by powerful corporate and commercial forces.

  • Taking On Big Media in Canada

    Progressive-minded Canadians have long been concerned that private media concentration threatens democratic values. In June, 2006, even the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications Report on the Canadian News Media warned that there are “areas where the concentration of ownership has reached levels that few other countries would consider acceptable.”

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