Last Saturday was the 16th annual Media Democracy Day, held yearly in Vancouver since 2001. It's become an important gathering for media makers, journalists, and anybody interested in media and democracy. And, as usual, rabble.ca was a media sponsor and also participated in the day's events.
In the next two programs, we'll be playing a couple of the speeches, recorded by rabble's Tania Ehret.
One of the key events this year was the Spry Memorial Keynote Exchange. This year, the speech was a critical reflection on Solutions Media.
Climate change, racial inequality, and economic disparity: some of the most pressing issues we currently face cannot be summed up in a 300-word news article. Yet we need the media, now more than ever, to tackle these issues in ways that do more than simply restate the problems. How can the media document and spread the word about practical, concrete ways people are making social and environmental change? Can the media grapple with these complex subjects without reinforcing a sense of powerlessness or inevitability? These are the questions that informed this year’s Spry Lecture.
The speech is in two parts:
Darin Barney is the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University. His talk is entitled Beyond the Parliament of Things: Politics and the Ends of the Earth.
Angela Sterritt is an award-winning Gitxsan journalist, artist, and writer. Her talk is entitled Reconcile This: Improving our coverage of Indigenous communities.
Image: Media Democracy Day
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