Thursday, November 20 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM New York University Pless Hall - 7th floor conference room (82 Washington Place) RSVP Online
“…to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores… a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.” -Barack Obama
As the power nexus shifts from the national to the transnational level, the United States of America stands out as not only the most powerful government in the world but also the possible “spoiler” of a truly multilateral, multistakeholder approach to media and communication policy making. For the past two decades at least, the US government has usually stood alone in this area, sometimes as a passive bystander to debates, sometimes taking an aggressive stance to defend its interests, sometimes obstructing initiatives aimed at wider collaboration. Since November 4th (as in so many other issue areas) the world can hope that this may now change. What might the election of an Obama administration mean for the emerging global media and communication policy environment? My talk will explore this question by looking at some of the flashpoint issues that are currently on the global media policy agenda, such as: implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Internet governance and the future of ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Millennium Development Agenda, and the World Bank’s recent show of interest in the role of media in fostering good governance and public accountability.
Media@McGill member Dr. Carrie Rentschler recently completed a timely piece on Sarah Palin for Liminalities, A Journal of Performance Studies. Entitled "Sarah Palin, Sexual Anomalies and Historical Analogues", it was published in Issue 4:3, and is now available online in its entirety.
Media@McGill's Darin Barney has two speaking engagements in Alberta on October 20th; both deal with technology and rural life in Canada.
Professor Barney will first be speaking to an audience in the Department of Rural Economy at the Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta's main Edmonton campus. This seminar will introduce a project under development by the Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship Research Group concerning the transition from country elevators to high throughput terminals in the prairie grain industry. The project treats both country elevators and high throughputs as communication technologies insofar as, along with handling grain, they mediate particular and distinctive orientations to spatial and temporal experience. It also approaches these as highly political technologies, in that they have been sites of intensive political organization and contest, and have broad implications for the organization of social, political and economic life on the prairies.
Today, more recordings exist in mp3 form than in any other form in the world. What difference does it make? Arguments about sound quality abound in scholarship and the popular press, but much less has been said about the format as itself a cultural phenomenon. This is not entirely accidental, as scholars are more often in the habit of conceiving of technology in terms of hardware. In this paper, I consider the historical significance of format as a defining feature of recent audio media history, and argue that the history of the mp3 reveals otherwise hidden dimensions of 20th century audio history.