Topics to Be Explored

Corporate Media

As global corporate interests determine and seek to determine the course or discourse of our information and communications systems, what does this mean for artists and media makers in society? What can artists or media makers expect from routine market-driven censorship or a shrinking of citizen’s rights to diversity of opinion and ideas? Myths of “professional journalism”, pro-corporate public policy, corporate ownership will continue to pervade the society we live in. As artists or media makers, what should we know or keep in mind as we fight to maintain a stake in creating a rich, broad-based media culture open to all voices that does not diminish opportunities to present certain truths?

Independent Media

The world has seen the failings of corporate media to compel communities, to build up independent sources of media to combat corporate biases in media, and to promote open conversation on issues that are often subjected to closed debates by traditional mainstream media. What does this rise in independent media mean for artists and media makers? What biases have driven and are driving the rise of independent media? How is independent media a solution to systemic problems with corporate media and why should we trust independent media? Why should advocacy journalism be allowed to subvert key principles of objectivity that have ruled media? And what are the direct benefits to artists or media makers who support good independent media sources or networks?

Social Media

Social media has created a way for individuals and organizations to harness interactivity and mobilize publics. Media creations that have been considered as merely products of personal expression or entertainment now can serve a public media function by grabbing one’s attention and helping others to recognize, articulate, and act upon a political or social issue. What in recent years has led to the rise in social media and how exactly is work spurring public action? What is the benefit of such social media to artists and media makers and how might an artist or media maker harness the power of new social media technologies?

Open Video

Open video means that artists and media makers have more opportunities for free expression and broader cultural engagement. A change in the center of authority occurs, the playing field is leveled, and people become empowered to shape the direction of culture in media and in politics. Why should artists or media makers fight for intellectual property laws that do not discourage participatory culture? How and why should video creation, editing, playback, video standards, and software standards be kept open for artists and media makers? What is the value of a democratic culture that everyone can participate in and how can these civil liberties and rights be fought for, maintained, and/or won?

Net Neutrality

Artists and media makers have had the ability to choose from a wide array of online tools to distribute their work and reach new audiences. Use of social media & social networking has given way to further engaged audiences before, during, and after traditional performances. Artists and media makers need to keep the Internet open, fair, and free from policies that could set limits or controls on what artists and media makers can and cannot do on the Internet. What must be done to keep the Internet open, fair, and free for all artists and media makers? How can we promote universal Internet access and equal access to digital resources? What must we know and do so we can properly defend the Internet from an oncoming onslaught of corporate gatekeepers?

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