The U.S.-based Communication for Social Change Consortium has just published a massive (185 articles, 1000+ pages) global anthology of historical and contemporary readings on this topic, edited by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron and Thomas Tufte. Featured authors include Paulo Freire, Herbert Schiller, Dallas Smythe, Jesus Martin-Barbero, George Gerbner, Nestor Garcia Canclini, Arjun Appadurai, Manuel Castells and Clemencia Rodriguez; and the book contains excerpts from such classics as Bertolt Brecht, The Radio as an Apparatus of Communication (1927), Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, How to Read Donald Duck (1971), and the Conclusions and Recommendations of UNESCO’s famed MacBride Report (1980) – as well as an article by Media@McGill’s Marc Raboy, on Media and Democratization in the Information Society.
The proposed Alliance Atlantis takeover bid by CanWest Global Communications Corp., with the support of the US-based Goldman Sachs Capital Partners continues to hit the headlines in the business sections of the newspapers on both sides of the border.
Dr. Marc Raboy, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications and member of Media@McGill has been asked to comment on the takeover bid in both newspaper and television interviews. He was recently the guest of the Michael HainsworthBusiness Newsshow on ROBTv.
The first great wave of Canadian media consolidation happened in the late ‘90s, largely as a reaction to massive mergers taking place south of the border. Despite the problems encountered after that round of buy-outs (AOL Time Warner is again Time Warner and Bell went back to phones, so BellGlobeMedia is now CTVGlobeMedia), it is clear that Canada is now in the midst of another enormous wave of corporate media convergence.