Here’s an excellent post from Barry Orton at UW-Madison, rebutting the internet vs. public access television nonsense coming out of the Wisconsin debate on cable franchising.
Local filmmakers Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan – creators of Chad Vader, Darth’s little brother – efficiently demolish the idea that YouTube and other social technologies replace the need for community television. They send much love to the Eau Claire and Madison operations where they began to learn their craft.
Perhaps Barry should have been in Massachussetts this last weekend: There’s a parallel discussion on the Center for Citizen Media blog, which features a summary of a panel on The Future of Public Access from the Beyond Broadcast conference in Cambridge.
Why does an “expert” in citizen participation come up with an idea like this one, getting rid of public access over a five-year period? Has this person ever talked with any citizens who produce media at community media centers throughout the entire United States? Can we find a way to introduce him to some citizen producers and some viewers, like buy him a Greyhound bus pass to tour centers throughout the U-S? Or maybe we need to find ways to get community television producers to attend Harvard and UC-Berkeley to learn about developing grassroots media…
Props go out to participants at the event who focused on building on a long tradition of citizen participation in media, and for focusing on innovation to make things better.