Former newspaper publisher Michael Goldbloom, McGill’s new vice-principal for inter-institutional relations, will also be a senior fellow in media and public policy with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Media@McGill. For more information click here
By Normand Landry
Montreal, October 27, 2006 – American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh addressed a packed audience of several hundred people at the Mont Royal Centre last night. Many who could not find seats remained standing throughout the talk, which was one of the features of the launch of Media@McGill.
By Marc Raboy
A year after the World Summit on the Information Society concluded that there should be a permanent global meeting-place for discussion of Internet policy issues, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum is holding its first meeting in Athens this week. Media@McGill’s Jeremy Shtern is there and will be blogging from the event.
The Internet Governance Forum emerged as a compromise in the final stages of the WSIS, as a range of countries from the European Union to China, as well as civil society organizations, argued that global Internet governance should no longer be left in the hands of a single national government, that of the USA. The US, which controls the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, refused to budge on efforts to create a new, more open governing structure for Internet domain names but consented to creation of the IGF, under the patronage of Kofi Annan, as a non-decision-making discussion forum.
Media@McGill, McGill University's new hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media policy, culture and technology, is proud to present a public lecture by renowned investigative journalist and author Seymour Hersh. Mr. Hersh will speak on October 26, at 6 p.m., at the Mount Royal Centre, 2200 Mansfield.
Mr. Hersh has been at the forefront of investigative journalism for nearly four decades, uncovering hidden truths and unflinchingly examining the use and abuse of power. He won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for exposing the My Lai massacre, reporting that spurred a reversal in U.S. public opinion on the Vietnam War. He subsequently broke news of B-52 bombings in Cambodia, illegal CIA spying on U.S. citizens and covert CIA attempts to overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende. More recently, Mr. Hersh has written for the New Yorker magazine on the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq, including a 2004 exposé of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. His most recent book is the 2004 Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib. His speech marks the launch of Media@McGill, an interdisciplinary focal point for teaching and research in media and communications studies.
Critical communication matters. In a world where information sometimes substitutes for reality and at other times is at its very core, we need to understand the increasingly central role of communication media. We all use media, in various different ways. Media are central to individual well-being as well as to the quality of democratic public life. Media can increase dialogue and understanding within and across cultures. Unchecked, they can also do the opposite. We use media to seek, to receive and to impart information. We use media to communicate, and we communicate through media.
Media@McGill, which we are launching today, will scrutinize media matters through an array of exciting activities that are described on the various pages of this new web site. Our approach is based on the conviction that media content and technologies do not operate in some private space of their own, but result from the action and interaction of a vast range of players, including governments, corporations, artists, journalists, inventors and political activists of all stripes. Our bottom line is that understanding – and influencing – how media operate and the processes through which they evolve is an essential undertaking in the 21st century. As academics, we propose to contribute to these processes through critical research and scholarship, in concert, where appropriate, with other actors. This is why public outreach will be a central aspect of Media@McGill. We hope that you will visit this web site frequently, to discover what we are doing and how, where possible, you can get involved in critical communication matters.