I wrote earlier in the week about some of the speeches and reports at the mediaforum symposium on critical media literacy. I'd like to come back to that today with some more thoughts. I can't promise that they're better than the ones I had earlier, but they did take longer for me to come up with them.
The mediaforum symposium on Saturday last provoked a couple of thoughts I wanted to get down before they faded away. Firstly, I greatly enjoyed listening to most of the conference participants. Given it was primarily a conference about education policy - something I am a stranger to- this was an achievement in itself.
I'll be attending the MediaForum symposium (minus toga) "Media Literacy Education" in Cultivate on Saturday morning and giving a breakout session talk on using the Paper Round methodology in Post-Primary schools. It looks like it will be an interesting day. It starts from 10am, and runs until 2pm-ish.
Now look, I like a good old fun-up as much as the next moderately fun person. So don't get me wrong- the story of the someone in the CIA adding "Wahhhhhh. " as a preface to Wikipedia's description of the Iranian President's presidential plans is a good one.
Politics is not a horserace. And politicians, contrary to the misleading impressions given by some political correspondents, are not the primary deciders of their own fate. For months we've been treated to articles detailing poll results and trying to find a correspondence with the doings and transpirings of our elected representatives.
It is rare that a newspaper headline cannot be bettered, but the title of a front page story in this weekend’s Sunday Independent summed up the article so perfectly that no other words seem appropriate. First, the back story:The previous week, the Independent ran with a story about Bertie Ahern and a suitcase full of money. You may have heard about it.
The Minister for Justice is sometimes accused of not being able to control himself. Here, in the midst of a Seanad Debate, he veers off topic in order to unburden himself on the question of the press, in general, and Fintan O'Toole and Vincent Brown in particular. Special note: Spot Martin Mansergh trying to staunch the flow, and failing.
A flash of Paper Round style genius from Kevin Breathnach of the Disillusioned Lefties as he compares and contrasts The Irish Times article on the death of fancy-dan theorist Jean Baudrillard to the one printed in the NY Times. It seems Brian Boyd from the Times (Irish) has a writing style similar to that of Patricia Cohen of the Times (NY). This post was influenced by Bloggorah and Disillusioned Lefty.