"Crisis," wrote the Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, "consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear." Are the media in crisis? There certainly are a number of morbid symptoms in the air. Just this month, for example, one of mainstream television's most visible journalists, Dan Rather, called on US President Obama to form a commission to investigate "the perilous state of America's news media."
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is considering an application to distribute Al Jazeera English (AJE), the Qatar-based, 24-hour international news network, in Canada. As reporting on international news raises increasingly complex political and ethical challenges, what would the presence of AJE mean for the diversity and quality of the news available to Canadians?
17-18 April, 2009
University of Montreal
Room 1035, J-Armand Bombardier Pavillion
5155 Decelles Ave., behind the main building (map)
Friday 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
This event is a collaboration of Media@McGill and the Centre de recherche en éthique de l'Université de Montréal. Two members of Media@McGill - Dr. Marc Raboy and Dr. Darin Barney – will take part in the colloquium.
“This is a timely collaboration between Media@McGill and the CREUM,” says Prof. Raboy, “With all the upheaval we are witnessing in the media environment, it is the right moment to be looking at the way media practices are affected by the economics of the media industries and the impact that this has on our democracy.”
NB: This session was audio-recorded and is now available for download in MP3 format. Right-click and choose 'Save Link As...' The file is ~125 MB.
James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International, will speak at a Media@McGill event co-sponsored with the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.
Tuesday 7 April, 5:30 pm in Arts W215 (map)
Topic: "NGO efforts to reform the World Intellectual Property Organization"
In collaboration with McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (MCRTW), Media@McGill is proud to host the international speaker Sara Ahmed who will be presenting a public talk entitled, Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness.
This paper examines the history of happiness through a feminist lens. The paper proceeds by suspending belief that happiness is a good thing, and explore feminist histories as struggles against happiness. Happiness is how social norms become social goods. Reflecting on feminist critiques of the happy housewife, the paper suggests we can revitalize feminist languages of raising consciousness and false consciousness, thinking of feminist consciousness as a reorientation to the causes of unhappiness.