A Short Course in Cable by Jennifer Stearns, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media by DeeDee Halleck
As government public media come under assault from the Trump administration and information sources are increasingly privatized, corrupted and consolidated, this panel looks at the final frontier of free speech television: Cable Access. What is the role of PEG (Public, Educational and Government) Access in a new media landscape where young people prefer “social” media to television and filmmakers can produce documentaries and even feature films on cellphones?i This panel takes a look at NYC’s own media access—MNN from the founding by New York Citizens Committee for Responsible Media (NYCCRM) to the current regime. MNN now controls the largest budget in access history: $9,000,000 a year. What is the role of “community media” within urban centers where gentrification is rapidly displacing low income residents, immigrants and people of color? Franchise fees are one of the rare instances in which corporations are taxed to create structures for community creativity. How can those resources be best utilized?