EIGHTH STEP: SUBVERT THE CURRENT MEDIA SYSTEM
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Last Thursday, January 19, the last lecture that put an end to the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences took place. We met at the CSA Playa Gata where, in the hands of Alejandro Barranquero, we approached an analysis of the possibilities we have to subvert the current media system. In this lecture entitled “Strategies for media reform. Is it possible to subvert the media system?”, Alejandro, through a fluent conversation with the public, unraveled the current potential that may help … Read more

A PATH TO RETHINK COMMUNICATION
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Between November 17 and December 8, the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences took place, with the central objective of analyzing how, via communication, networks of hegemonic power are constructed and, in turn, how to reverse these situations through various alternatives. To begin this exercise of reflection and analysis, we were able to count on a previous lecture entitled “Victims, Sinners and Feminazis” that, with the help of Lorena Arévalo, brought us closer to know about the relationship that exists between … Read more

SIXTH STEP: EMANCIPATION AS INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
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Last Friday, December 8, the sixth step of this road, that we have been covering during the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences, took place. On this occasion we met at the Espace Martin-Luther-King, in the city of Montpellier, where, through his experience, Philippe Corcuff made an analysis of the media today and our role to achieve emancipation. Through his talk “Criticism of media and emancipation in today’s world”, Philippe introduced to us the classic analysis of the media that only … Read more

WTO 2017: A FAILURE OF GLOBAL NEOLIBERALISM
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On December 13 the 11th inter-ministerial conference of the WTO ended. The conference could not reach a needed consensus for the signing of a final document between the ministers, mainly due to the confrontation between protectionism and multilateralism. Just in parallel, the Peoples’ Summit took place during these days, which filled Buenos Aires with demands, debates and alternatives. The new US government that turned to protectionist positions, came to this summit with clear criticism of the WTO. Against this, China … Read more

SEVENTH STEP: HOW INFORMATION IS MANIPULATED THROUGH THE NET
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Last Friday, December 8, we took the last step of these Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences. This led us to Mcgill University in Montreal where, together with Dmitri Vitaliev, project manager eQualit.ie, we set out to discover how information can be manipulated through the net. This lecture, entitled “Manipulating the net. Stories of censorship and resistance”, began with a short presentation of the eQualit.ie project that aims to provide security tools, communication and data analysis to groups, activists and journalists. … Read more

WTO 2017: PEOPLES’ SUMMIT BEGINS
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The 11th ministerial conference of the WTO will take place in Argentina from the 10th to the 13th of this month. This summit, which is the first time it takes place in a South American country, is intended to close the Mercosur-EU agreement as one of the central points for the host country. At the same time, the Peoples’ Summit will take place, which will bring together dozens of trade union organizations, NGOs, social groups and activists from different countries … Read more

FIFTH STEP: THE EMERGENCY SITUATION IN ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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Last Saturday, November 25, we continued to follow this path that is helping us to analyze communication in today’s world, with a fifth step of the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences. We gave this step with Magda Bandera, director of La Marea magazine, who gave us her vision on what digital media entails today. This lecture entitled “Myths about the supposed digital revolution in the media”, began with an introduction about the turning points that occurred in the 21st century … Read more

FOURTH STEP: ADVERTISING AS A POWER TOOL
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On November 24 we met once again in A Coruña to follow this path that is serving to unravel communication and its relationship with political power and transnationals. We took a fourth step together with Antonio Caro within the framework of the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences, which helped us to get closer to the implications of advertising in the field of communication and how it affects our lives and societies. In this lecture entitled “Advertising as an instrument of … Read more

THIRD STEP: FRAGMENTED REALITIES, INFORMATION HAZARDS
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On November 23rd, at Casa Museo Casares Quiroga in A Coruña, Marcos Pérez’s lecture, “Every journalist has his/her own truth. War of stories in a fragmented world”. It was the third step towards discovering the implications of communication for citizens and how networks convert the consumption of information into a problem, since there is no culture of responsible consumption of information. In this step of the way that we continue traveling within the framework of the Communication, Power and Counterpower … Read more

SECOND STEP: FREEDOM OF PRESS FROM THE TRANSITION UNTIL TODAY
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Last November 18, we met at the café De Catro a Catro to attend Pepe Ribas’ lecture, founder of Ajoblanco, one of the countercultural publications most linked to the years of the Transition. This lecture, which is part of the Communication, Power and Counterpower Conferences, served to delve into the concept of freedom of press, being the second step that will help us analyze communication and power relations that are woven through it. The conference entitled “Is there free press?” … Read more

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