Whether environmental, economic, social, political, or personal there is little doubt we are in a world of trouble. One place where all the disparate dilemmas we face can be addressed is in the media, but there too we find discord, corruption, and systemic breakdown.
From the concentration of information systems into the hands of a few trans-global corporate interests, to the erosion of public broadcasting, the failure to maintain an effectively diversified media environment means the capitulation of democratic ideals to the predations of a capital model yet to appreciate the values inherent in serving the public interest.
So, what’s to be done?
Ethan Cox is a Montreal-based journalist, editor and political commentator whose writing has appeared everywhere from the National Post and Toronto Star, to The Tyee and Al-Jazeera America. He’s a frequent political analyst, appearing on all three national TV networks, and regularly on Montreal radio. He’s also one of the dedicated group of media pros with activist backgrounds behind RicochetMedia.ca, a paradigm-shifting effort to reverse the downward trend of both the corporate and State media through the re-invigoration of a media of, by, and for the People.
Ethan Cox in the first half.
And; last month, various environmental and social organizations coordinated with communities across Canada and came out to Defend Our Climate. The locally organized rallies reflected their communal interests while following the general theme of a sustainable, and stable future for animals and their eco-systems, and for we human animals and the environment we too depend on for survival. I went down to Victoria’s manifestation to stand together with the rest of the country.
Victoria Defends Our Climate in the second half.
And; CFUV Radio broadcaster and Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good going on on our city’s streets and beyond.
But first, Ethan Cox and firing back at the corporate and captured public media behemoths with RicochetMedia.ca
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/