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Dollars & Sense talks about media

Tonight, Wed. Jan 31, 2007, 7pm at encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02111

David Barsamian and Cynthia Peters: Who’s Got Your Back? Alternative and Mainstream Media and the War without End

Panel of questioners: Linda Pinkow of WMBR, John Grebe of WZBC, and Esther Cervantes of Dollars & Sense

With this event, Mass Global Action & IndyMedia look at the antiwar movement and the media. Specifically, it considers the two media options open to the progressive movement: Extensive coverage in the alternative media, and marginal attention from the mainstream media

Going beyond this dichotomy, however, we ask how activists can use both forms media to get bolster the antiwar movement and generate a pro-peace agenda. Our roundtable is composed of longtime organizers who are also media professionals so that we may consider how these media forms interact.

The program is formulated to draw on the expertise of the panel and both the experiences and perspectives of the audience.

This program is organized to ensure that speaker has a chance to provide their perspective while ensuring that a meaningful dialogue can take place between speakers and also with the audience. The program will conclude with an informal reception and light music.

About David Barsamian:
David Barsamian is founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent award-winning weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is a radio producer, journalist, author and lecturer. He has been working in radio since 1978. His interviews and articles appear regularly in The Progressive and Z Magazine. His latest books are Imperial Ambitions with Noam Chomsky and Speaking of Empire & Resistance with Tariq Ali and Original Zinn with Howard Zinn. His earlier books include Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky; Eqbal Ahmad: Confronting Empire; and The Decline and Fall of Public Broadcasting.

About Cynthia Peters:
Cynthia Peters is a freelance writer and editor, a part-time worker at the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation, and a full-time mother of two. She writes about a wide range of topics including parenting, marketing, feminism, racism, and gender politics. For a sharp analysis delivered with humor and insight, check out what she has to say about advertising to teens, the pro-capitalist backdrop to “American Girl dolls,” the institutions and cultural formulations that define “good” parenting, the trouble with day care, and much more.

Tomorrow, Thu. Feb. 1, 2007, 4pm on WMBR 88.1 FM—Spherio

Esther Cervantes and Liv Gold of the Dollars & Sense collective will discuss media issues and the National Conference for Media Reform with Sarah Olson and Spherio’s hosts, Luis Melendez and Kendra Johnson.

Spherio is a forum of exchange bringing together local communities and the academia around issues of cultures, societies, and politics important to our hemisphere.

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