Confronting the establishment – what role for the media?
The mainstream corporate media play a key role in propping up the current neoliberal system. They do so by setting the parameters of what constitutes 'news' and in deciding which voices and stories are allowed to be aired. Radical, critical, alternative accounts are frequently sidelined or subjected to ridicule. Big issues like the exercise of power, corporate interests and the complicity of Australia in questionable conflicts around the world are often secondary to celebrity and spectacularised 'infotainment'.
What role should a responsible media play in highlighting the effects of power?
How does the Australian media stack up in this regard? What are its shortcomings and what can we do about this?
What role does social media play in offering alternative news?
Has the mainstream media become a handmaiden to corporate interests?
Listen to Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda, and Alex Mitchell, former reporter on The Times Insight team, and editor of the Herald Sun talk about these issues at The Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby.
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