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February 22, 2007

Grassroots Media Conference

Beyond_Borders_finalWEB.jpgSaturday February 24th
3:45-5:15 PM

The New School University Graduate Faculty Building,
65 5th Avenue (btwn 13th & 14th St.)

Panel discussion with Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report, Lumi Rolley of NoLandGrab and a spokesperson from Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn.

Moderator, Stuart Schrader, author of the blog "Picketing Henry Ford."

This panel will address the grassroots-media response to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Though the response was not coordinated and arose organically, it can serve as a model for other communities and struggles facing a well-funded, sophisticated media machine. The project’s developer had access to many mainstream media, the opposition’s responses to it coalesced around websites, blogs, and message boards. This panel reveals the paradox of corporate message hypermanagement: although corporations and governments attempt to control every aspect of their public presentation in all media forms, the proliferation of media allow concerned citizens access to unavailable information, shedding light on the inconsistencies, distortions, and failures, as well as the strategy, of the message control. In the case of the Atlantic Yards project, an overarching message encouraged by the developer was race- and class-based divisiveness, and this panel will show how grassroots media can overcome divisiveness through rigorous analysis of such tactics.

More information at the Grassroots Media Coalition website.

Posted by lumi at February 22, 2007 6:39 AM