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Guest Video: Community TV in Canada: A Proud History

March 21, 2012 in debates

“This video captures the democratic spirit and sequence of events that led to the establishment of Canada’s community television policy in the late 1960s.  Canada was the first country to formally recognize and give both policy and funding support to community television (as opposed to community radio, which had existed much earlier.)  The points it makes are as relevant today as they were then… the irony is that this sector is all but defunct now, as a result of a decade of neglect by that same (formerly visionary) CRTC.” – Cathy Edwards -  Spokesperson, Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations

Social Media, Legacy Media, and the Future of Policy Debate

March 14, 2012 in debates

        On March 5, the NGO Invisible Children uploaded a video to Youtube campaigning for the capture and arrest of Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord charged with conscripting tens of thousands of child soldiers for his Lord’s Resistance Army.  Promoted by celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey, KONY2012 was watched over 70 million times over the course of a single week, a record-breaking number of views for an advocacy video.1 During the same time period, over 500,000 viewers purchased Invisible Children’s “action kits” (a packet containing a bracelet, t-shirt, brochures and posters), raising $15 million for the organization. U.S. President Barack Obama and ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo praised Invisible Children’s efforts and expressed their [...]