My friend is a professor of Media Ethics at Loyola Univ. He sent me this email, looking for an Occupier to serve on their upcoming panel on the "Media and Class Warfare." Is there someone from the Press Committee that would be appropriate for/interested in this opportunity? If so, please contact me here or at firstname.lastname@example.org. His email to me and the info he sent me on the conference is pasted below....
I am overseeing part of the programming for a big journalism and mass communication conference (http://www.aejmcchicago.org/ ) taking place this Summer. One of the panels we are putting together deals with media coverage of the Occupy movement and other "class warfare issues." We have four academics on the panel but are looking for someone from the Occupy movement who could shine a light on this issue. I know you have some contacts in OC, anyone that you could recommend who might have something thoughtful to say on this issue? Info is below"
Chicago Conference Joint Session,Proposals Media Ethics Division Panel Proposals, 2012 Chicago PANEL TYPE: PROFESSIONAL FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
Panel title: “Class Warfare” in the Mainstream Media
Possible co-sponsors: Critical & Cultural Studies; Mass Communication & Society; Newspaper;
Panel description: At present, many states are weakening labor laws, incomes are being squeezed, the cost of healthcare remains the primary source of bankruptcy, and social programs are being drastically cut back. In systematic fashion, the American political economy that dates back to the FDR administration is being dismantled. However, when one hears of “class warfare” in mainstream media discourse, it is very rarely invoked to draw attention to the plight of the squeezed middle classes or poor. Instead, the term is more often deployed whenever it is suggested that the richest strata of American society, among whom an extraordinary amount of wealth is concentrated, pay higher taxes.This skewed public debate frames the issue from the perspective of elites rather than, to borrow from the nascent social movement Occupy Wall Street, “the other 99%”, presenting income inequality, cuts to social programs, and the weakening of labor rights as inevitable while an increase in taxation on the highest earners is presented as contested terrain. These narratives go unchallenged. While the media has a traditional obligation to be objective, it is also ethically compelled to provide citizens with factual information and to speak truth to power.
This panel will explore issues around media, inequality, and labor, including, but not limited to: Problems in the structures and routines of reporting that give rise to the above imbalance; the emergence of social movements addressing inequality and how media coverage of them may influence their success; the role of the “commentariat” and opinion-driven news in driving the “class warfare” issue; and whether or not we have reason to be optimistic about the
Panelists: Bonnie Brennen, Marquette (confirmed) Ted Glasser, Stanford (confirmed)
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