Media Democracy Day

  • Paul Baines

Abstract

After organizing Media Democracy Day events for three years, I have mixed opinions about my future involvement. In the summer of 2001, a handful of Toronto media activists started planning for a new fall event. October 18th would promote "a mass media system that informs and empowers all members of society." Our Web site (www.mediademocracyday.org) continues on with Media Democracy Day connecting existing critical and creative media with active social movements, creating a coherent message for public attention and local and global action. Media Democracy Day is a day of international action based on three themes: 1) Education—understanding how the media shapes our world and our democracy; 2) Protest--against a media system based on commercialization and exclusiveness; and 3) Change--calls for media reforms that respond to public interests, promote diversity, and ensure community representation and accountability.

Author Biography

Paul Baines

: Paul Baines is an anti-oppression activist using media literacy as a tool for education and organizing. Paul has a Master’s degree in critical pedagogy and media education and is always looking for paid work in this area. He lives in a collective household in Toronto and is a support worker for a disabled man.

Published
2004-03-01
Section
Articles