Community Media: Selected Clippings – 09/29/07

Freedom of Speech and Publc Access
by Jennifer Sloane, Producer
Access Pinellas

A PSA on Freedom of Speech and Public Access Television featuring Civil Rights Attorney, Luke Lirot.

We Interrupt This Broadcast
by Qwertz

—> There was a campaign here in Key Midwestern Swing State to “open the doors to cable competition.” There was a bill. It passed and was signed by our new Governor, Liberal Democrat. Large National Telephone Company was the primary lobbying force behind the bill. The bill abolished all municipal cable franchise agreements.

“How wonderful!” I can hear you exclaim. “Key Midwestern Swing State has taken a great step towards a true laissez-faire cable television market!”

But alas, this is not the case. The bill did away with municipal franchise agreements by creating a State franchise agreement! Instead of local tyrants dictating the terms on which customers may purchase cable television and Internet services, State tyrants will get to do it. And have done it. And have prices dropped? No. Because the bill didn’t actually open the doors to cable competition. It just made it so that the telephone company can get it’s “fair share” of the public pie. Are there new choices? No. The choice is still “cable or DSL,” not “which cable company?” Actually, when the bill was signed, my cable bill went up by four and a half dollars a month. And now the service is getting shitty.

Tyrants are everywhere and they’re not going away. What amazes me most is that people are so confused about what tyranny is that they’ll embrace a bigger tyrant who comes along to “save” them from the petty ones.

Where Mentors Guide Young Filmmakers
by Joseph P. Fried
New York Times (NY)

James Duarte, 16, says his plan to become a film director and screenwriter can be traced to when he was 9 years old and persuaded his father to buy him a camcorder. These days, Mr. Duarte is conceiving, shooting and editing short films in a two-year after-school and weekend program run by the Downtown Community Television Center, a 35-year-old nonprofit production and training organization in Manhattan. The center’s professional filmmakers produce television documentaries (15 of which have won Emmy Awards), and its trainees include high school students, some of whom are bent on pursuing film-related careers.

“I definitely want to be in the film industry,” said Megan Rosado, a 17-year-old trainee. “It’s kind of a dream of mine to have my own film company.” Ms. Rosado, a Bronx resident, and Mr. Duarte, also of the Bronx, spoke about their plans recently while editing film they had shot for separate projects.

Each year, 8 to 12 high school freshmen and sophomores are admitted to the program, which began in the mid-1990s and is called Media Fellowship. They receive stipends of $7 an hour for nine hours a week, though the program’s administrators say that most devote more time to the program. —>

Pacifica Community Television
About this channel

This is a live stream from Pacifica Community Television, a public access media organization covering life and event in Pacifca, California. Please visit for schedules and further information. —>

5 Reasons Social Media Makes Me Want to Claw YOUR Eyes Out
by Justin Kownacki
Cafe Witness

Once again, I must qualify this post with a disclaimer: I create social media. At times, what I create is quite good, and I enjoy the process. I also enjoy the community aspect of social media. However.

There’s a LOT of fluff and very little substance to social media (so far), and that extends to the way in which we frame our arguments. So, if at all possible, I’d be extremely pleased if I never had to hear the following statements again: —>

compiled by Rob McCausland
Alliance for Community Media

Explore posts in the same categories: cable public affairs networks, free speech, PEG access TV, public access television, social media, streaming, video franchising, youth media

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: