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Prof. Kevin Howley Writes of Efforts to Create "More Responsible and Responsive Media System"

July 30, 2006

Kevin Howley 2005.jpgJuly 30, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "The summer heat isn't the only thing that has Americans looking for relief. Across the country, people are mobilizing against Big Media and all that it represents: an anemic public culture punctuated by crass commercialism and shoddy journalism," begins a column by Kevin Howley, associate professor of communication at DePauw University, published in today's Bloomington Alternative. Dr. Howley writes of two recent events -- the Media Giraffe Project's inaugural conference, and the annual meeting of the Alliance for Community Media -- and how they "demonstrate the necessity of, and possibility for, media reform."

"In recent weeks, thousands of so-called 'ordinary people' have organized to slow, if not stop, an industry-led, lobbyist-financed howley community media.jpgjuggernaut that threatens to decimate public access television and turn the Internet into an 'information toll road,'" Howley continues. "What was striking about these meetings was the passion, ingenuity and wherewithal of media reformers, independent producers and others working toward a more responsible, and responsive, media system."

Read the professor's complete essay at College

Kevin Howley authored the book, Community Media: People, Places, and Communication Technologies. Learn more in this previous story.