In just two weeks, Denver will be inundated with journalists, activists and media makers all coming together for the National Conference for Media Reform. But one of the things that sets this conference apart from the rest is the key role of artists and performers — from world-renowned musicians to politically inspired comedians to Denver’s very own DJs.
For too long, media companies have slashed newsroom jobs and replaced hard-hitting journalism with celebrity gossip, sensational crime stories and pay-for-play content. They defended these decisions by arguing that they were just giving the people what they want.
There are just a few slots left for the National Conference for Media Reform. (You can get registered here.)
Here’s why I’m going, along with thousands of other activists, media makers, techies and journalists.
We finally have a real chance to free our phones. Last month, more than 100,000 people told the White House that cellphone unlocking — configuring your phone so it’ll work on other networks — should be legal again.
You might remember that lovely time known as Election 2012. What did we hear in the media? Politicians talking about “legitimate rape,” Rush Limbaugh attacking women who use birth control — and fights about whether women should ... umm ... maybe get paid the same as a dude doing the same job.
Most women I know were left wondering how we ended up living in an episode of Mad Men.
The movement to connect more people to high-speed Internet services scored a win in Georgia last Thursday. It’s a victory that should resonate in every U.S. community that is struggling to give people better Internet access.
We’ve been fighting media consolidation for a decade, and this month we chalked up another win. Thanks to the efforts of Free Press activists and allies around the country, the Federal Communications Commission announced it will again delay its vote on whether to weaken the media ownership rules.
I’m the Internet campaign director at Free Press — the guy who sends you emails about things like CISPA, Net Neutrality and mobile phone unlocking. I’m also the guy who put together the Internet-themed sessions for the National Conference for Media Reform.
Well, we just unveiled our program, and it’s fantastic.
UPDATE, March 8: We won! On Thursday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted 94-70 to defeat the Municipal Broadband Investment Act, which would have blocked communities from building their own broadband networks.