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Call for Participants (english)
06 Nov 2003
Somerville Community Access Television invites you to participate in a discussion series at the Sommerville Library, december 4th and 11th.
Somerville Community Access Television invites you to participate in a discussion series at the Somerville Public Library! SCAT will be hosting two discussions on media literacy and the current state of media deregulation. The goal of these discussions is to highlight the resources available to the local community to engage in media, as well as to expand SCATís outreach and help to strengthen our relationship with other organizations. The dates for these events will be Thursdays December 4th and 11th at the Somerville Public Library, and will be videotaped for a cablecast on SCAT channel 3. Please RSVP if you are interested, and pass this along!
For Lecture topics, each participant should chose one which best suits their interests. The whole presentation should be about an hour and a half long, with time included for discussion and a question and answer period. The presentation can include videos, or other audio/visual supplements if you choose. The lectures will take place in two sessions; the first session will be a basic introduction to Media Literacy, the second, a forum on Media ownership and the 2003 FCC congressional hearings.

Presentation #1 Basic Introduction to Media Literacy:

Definition of what is meant by Media Literacy, why it is important in our current social, political and cultural environment.
Media and elections/politics, spin
Media and cultural assimilation
Homogenization of communities as market demographics
Communications Media in a Power structure
Ideological State Apparatuses
Media and Agency
The Crisis of Public Media
De-funding since Nixon
Underwriting and its effects on programming
Information vs. entertainment
Independent Media Networks
DIY media
Access TV
Micro broadcasting radio
Satellite distribution
Role of the internet

Presentation #2 Media Ownership and the 2003 FCC/Congressional Hearings: (This discussion should be geared toward folks who may not have knowledge in this field)

Brief history of deregulation,
1996 deregulation
Effects of deregulation on radio
The current state of cable, broadcasting, broadband, and internet service provider monopoly
Digital Millennium Copyright act
2003-Whatís happening with the hearings, where are they now, and what the effects could potentially be on local, national, and global communities.
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