CALL TO ACTION: THE EVOLUTION OF A MOVEMENT
The Corporate Media has used the strategy of blackout and misinformation regarding recent protests in the last century. Unlike in the past where civil rights movements, and anti-war in the 50
I like your proposal that anti-corporate Movement activists in the United States begin to think more in terms of protesting in an effective way at the Corporate Media studios which presently deny most of us our free speech rights and deny their listeners and viewers freedom of information rights, by censoring news in a way which minimizes the extent of anti-corporate street protest activity.
In Europe, authoritarian states have been brought down more rapidly when anti-Establishment protesters began to march on the state's propaganda institutions/studios in a mass way. Yet in the United States, many U.S. dissidents have tended, perhaps, to avoid challenging the Corporate Media's moral right to censor the news and deny U.S. activists their free speech rights by focusing most of their energy on establishing yet another redundant "alternative media project" which lacks the distribution required to be an effective tool for liberation. When enough Movement activists are willing tomill-in in by the thousands inside and outside the Corporate Media studies, however, it might be difficult for the international media to ignore our protests. Perhaps a good slogan to use at some point might be "Seize their tv, then speak freely." or "The media belongs to the people."
This is definately a direction that anarchists and activists should move in for LA. Whatever is done, it needs to be organized by tight affinity groups OFF LINE. Police tactics are savvy so our tactical needs to be on a one on one basis with those we know and trust.
The modern setup of civilization in the US is greatly unnatural. The views of reality for most people are given to them mainly by mediums of mass information dissemination. These things include TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements within and outside of all of those mediums.
To ignore the tremendous power they have in shaping reality on the mass public mind is fatal at this point. Perhaps 30 years ago it was not as big of a problem, nor 10-30 years before that. I think the problem now is horrendous and it seriously needs to be confronted.
I'm thinking of something bigger, like paying attention more to media based conferences and such. I know there is going to be a protest at the NAB ("Media Democracy Now!"), so perhaps that will be the start of the anti-corporate-state media movement.
We have a civil rights and social justice movement (the prison industrial complex and death penlty being hot topics),
Global tade and economic issues (WTO, IMF, World Bank),
Unfair labor practices (Anti-Sweatshop movement),
Anti-Genetic engineering movement
Movement confronting our ruling parties,
Hopefully a movement confronting the mainstream media,
And most likely a revival of an anti-war movement due to the strong push by both Republicans and Democrats for the "National Defense System."
There may also be a backlash against the increase in mass surveillance...I certainly hope
I hope all of these flourish and continue to depend and relate with each other.
Direct Action For Media Democracy!
Sept. 20-23, 2000 Protest the National Association of Broadcasters
Convention in San Francisco
The National Association of Broadcasters is the WTO of the broadcasting
industry. It spends millions of dollars every year lobbying to keep the
airwaves out of the hands of the public.
We can thank the NAB and the media giants that it represents for:
¥ Putting out the trash called commercial radio and TV.
¥ Stereotyping youth, people of color, and working class people.
¥ Censoring and misrepresenting the issues that we care aboutÑfrom
homelessness and immigrant rights to the environment and labor.
¥ Pushing for legislation like the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which
legalized media monopolies, creating The Gap and Starbucks of the
¥ Engineering the giveaway of billions of public dollars by handing over
the digital TV spectrum to the corporate media.
¥ Fighting tooth-and-nail against grassroots media efforts like
low-power radio that would bring hun-dreds of new voices and
perspectives to the airwaves.
Bring your microradio transmitters, your dancing shoes, and your
militant nonviolent attitude. (415) 546-6334; Fax 546-6218
MediaAlliance 814 Mission Street, Suite 205, San Francisco, CA 94103
For more information visit www.mediademocracynow.org
Join Media Alliance, Project Censored, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting,
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Micropower Action Coalition,
Global Exchange, Prometheus Radio Project, Direct Action Network,
and other organizations in protest!
Act up, party down, raise hell, shout out. SLaM NAB