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.

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