July 26, 2010

Democracy Now talks Using New Social Media and Old Media (Radio) to Connect Communities

One of the fallouts that happened due to media consolidation and passage of the TelComm Act of 1996, has been the decrease amount of news coverage and issues that radio provides to the local communities they serve. However that coverage has been replaced to a large extent by social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Democracy Now took their broadcast to Las Vegas at the site of the Netroots Nation convention, where thousands of people gathered and social media was the watchword of the day. They hosted a roundtable discussion on social media with radio host Aimee Allison, founder of OaklandSeen; hip-hop journalist and activist, Davey D; and Cheryl Contee, aka Jill Tubman, co-founder of the political blog "Jack and Jill Politics."

In the discussion the panel talked about how Social Media covered the Oscar Grant protest and "riots" in Oakland a couple of weeks ago as a multi-racial event, which was far different from how the mainstream media covered the story. (a case of the media censoring the news ...interesting)

Watch the discussion here


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