Media Democracy Day – Taking Back the Media

Media Democracy Days
2011 has certainly been a year where we have seen grassroots movements emerge all around the world, with the most recent being Occupy Wall Street. These grassroots movements we have witnessed are examples of democracy in action. Another way to experience and learn about democracy in action is through Media Democracy Day.

This year is the 10th annual Media Democracy Days taking place in Vancouver: a partnership project between the SFU School of Communications, OpenMedia.ca and the Vancouver Public Library. This three day event looks at democracy in the media and how it can be reformed. Media Democracy Days seeks to create a more participatory media system leading away from current corporate media domination.

Media Democracy Days three key messages are: KNOW the media, BE the media and CHANGE the media. From November 11 -13 these topics will be explored through various keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, Q & A sessions and much more. Some of the speakers at the year’s event include Dr. Sut Jhally, Judy Rebick, Peter Steven and Bob Hackett.

The event is open to everyone and there is no entry fee. However, seating is limited so register now to avoid disappoint at the door. Last year’s event saw record breaking attendance with over 3,000 people taking part in Media Democracy Days.

If November 11th can’t come quickly enough for you, get into the democratic spirit by attending Amplify! the third annual fundraising event for Media Democracy Days. The event is co-hosted by VancouverisAwesome.com and will feature local artists Sidney York, The Belle Game and The Ruffled Feathers. Amplify! is on October 20th taking place at the Railway Club. Tickets are $10 dollars at the door and all proceeds go to support Media Democracy Days.

So if you’re intrigued by the idea of a more democratic media system, this is the perfect event for you!

By: Rya Kobewka