On Monday 14th June at 7.30pm, RAG will host a discussion on the many uses and dangers of ‘new media’, the possibilities for positive change and ‘radical democracy’ via the internet, the dilemma of ‘internet neurosis’ where feelings of vulnerability and fears of exploitation need to be negotiated in order to utilize the internet as activists, artists and self-publishers and the potential of the internet as a force for oppression and control.
Wikipedia describes new media in the following terms:
New media is a broad term that emerged in the later part of the 20th century to encompass the amalgamation of traditional media such as film, images, music, spoken and written word, with the interactive power of computer and communications technology, computer-enabled consumer devices and most importantly the internet. New media holds out a possibility of on-demand access to content any time, anywhere, on any digital device, as well as interactive user feedback, creative participation and community formation around the media content. What distinguishes New media from traditional media is not the digitizing of media content into bits, but the dynamic life of the “new media” content and its interactive relationship with the media consumer. Another important promise of New Media is the “democratization” of the creation, publishing, distribution and consumption of media content.
This meeting will be facilitated by Emily Aoibheann.
The RAG is a magazine produced by a diverse group of anarcha-feminist women in Dublin. We are all feminists, united in our recognition that women’s subordination exists. We are all anarchists, united in our belief for the need to create alternatives to this capitalistic, patriarchal society wherein all are dominated and exploited.