It doesn’t take a genius to realize that certain details about, say, the war in Iraq are being left out of most six o’clock news broadcasts. It could also be argued that issues affecting minorities are often neglected by mainstream media (how are those thousands of displaced people down in New Orleans doing anyway?). And as for “alternative” newspapers . . . let’s just say that many are far less independent than they used to be. But don’t despair: For the third year in a row, activist group Paper Tiger Television organizes a full day of panel discussions, workshops, and brainstorming sessions, all geared toward those interested in creating fair, diverse, accurate media that are free from corporate and government interests. Among the highlights are the NYC Radical Cheerleaders, satirical singing group Missile Dick Chicks, and Time’s Up Bicycle Clown Brigade’s talk “Making Folks Think, When They’re Laughing Too Hard to Realize It . . . Performance as Creative Resistance.” Members of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn and the Philadelphia Independent Media Center examine “Models for Independent Media Making and Political Organizing.” And Adrienne Brown of the League of Pissed Off Voters leads a discussion on “Grassroots Media in an Election Year: Creating Community Voter Guides.” For more information and a complete schedule visit nycgrassrootsmedia.org.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 31, 2006