The media are powerful tools long used to inform the public and form public opinion. A glut of entertainment, information and propaganda is conveniently delivered to us in a manner that often makes it difficult to discern one from another. As the sources of information continue to narrow and competition for our attention increases, it becomes more important than ever to be a critical consumer. Various groups, the religious right in particular, have used the media quite effectively to bolster their ranks and coffers and further their agendas. Charlotte Ryan argues that progressives have much to learn from them. Interview by David Barsamian.
Recorded at MIT.
Ryan is the author of Prime Time Activism: Media Strategies for Grass Roots Organizing. She is also co-director of the Boston College Media Research and Action Project part of Boston College’s Department of Sociology.