Two recent M@M events -- Beyond Wikileaks: Journalism, Politics and Activism one year after Cablegate, and Miranda July's launch of her new book It Chooses You -- were audio-recorded. These recordings are now available for download from our site, or you can subscribe to all of our audio recordings on your iPod, via the M@M podcast channel on iTunes.
AUDIO: Miranda July's launch of her new book It Chooses You. (~72MB)
Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 pm
Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish (map)
On 28 November 2010, WikiLeaks and a small number of media partners released thousands of U.S. embassy diplomatic cables in what came to be referred to as 'Cablegate'. International diplomacy, journalism, and broader society were shaken by this extremely public disclosure of classified cables, which had been sent to the U.S. Department of State by its consulates, embassies, and diplomatic missions around the world. Among numerous other revelations, the cables exposed U.S. government war crimes, government corruption in North Africa, and misdealing within the financial sector, igniting an intense debate on the future of diplomacy and the media.
With the appearance of former and current gadflies among the panel speakers for this combined Media@McGill and McGill Development and Alumni Relations event, the discussion on the precarious future of the gadfly press promised to be a spirited one.
The past five years have seen enormous changes in the field of media and communication. Venerable institutions have disappeared, new forms have emerged and media power has shifted dramatically and irrevocably. Arguably, not since the introduction of the telegraph has there been such an important paradigm change in how people communicate and how we think about technologically-mediated communication.
Media@McGill is in the enviable and privileged position to have as its mission to raise public awareness around such critical issues. This has been an exciting time to be doing what we do. Our task is to question, to understand and to help transform how we live in a world increasingly negotiated at the interface of media, technology and culture. We are fortunate to be doing this in an open and stimulating environment that takes advantage of McGill's strategic position as a world leading research university located in Montreal, a multicultural city at the crossroads of North American, European and global culture.