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In recent years there has been a flowering of Irish alternative media. Quality material is now being produced regularly in all mediums including print, blogging, radio and television.

 

As part of the Left Forum on the 18th of May the media section invites those working in Irish alternative and community media (and those who wish to work in community and alternative media) to come together to discuss how the various publications and channels may work together in the future. The idea of a network will be discussed; such a network could be a basis for pitching articles, blogs or broadcasts to publishers and for publishers to commission articles, blogs or broadcasts. The network may also act as a basis for sharing resources, training and education and discussing funding strategies. The meeting also invites those not yet working in alternative media (but who wish to) to attend.

 

This meeting will be the beginning of a process which will continue with the Ourmedia international alternative media conference to be held in the city centre and DCU on the 24th and 25th of June.

 

Participants from the following media groups and media research schools will be in attendance, we hope more will follow:

  • Look left (Magazine)
  • Liberty (Newspaper)
  • Irish Left Review (Blog)
  • Irish Anarchist Review (Magazine)
  • Rabble (Newspaper)
  • Dublin Community Television (TV Station)
  • The Live Register (TV show)Dole
  • Spirit of Contradiction (Blog)
  • Critical Media Review (Blog)
  • Cunning Hired Knaves (Blog)
  • Anarkismo (website)
  • Workers Solidarity (Newspaper)
  • Radioactive (Radio)
  • Irish Student Left Online (Blog)
  • Soundmigration (Blog)
  • Dole TV (TV show)
  • School of Communications – Dublin City University
  • Media Centre – National University of Ireland Maynooth
  • School of Media – Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Univerity College Cork

from: http://hiredknaves.wordpress.com/

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Anyone know anything else about this "Left Forum"? First I heard of it...

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I don't think I've heard of these before, sounds interesting all the same!

Are they linked to this new forum? - http://www.tommymcke...-socialist.html

 

No I dont think its to do with that at all.

 

I think its this here: http://www.leftforum.org/

 

Big names attached!

 

Here's Left Forum Irelands facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LeftForumIreland

 

"We're looking forward to seeing you all at the first Left Forum at 11am on May 18th at the Teacher's Club on Parnell St, Dublin."

 

"We are finalising the Agenda for the First Left Forum. The Focused sections are now going to be longer, starting at 3.15; these sections will allow activists and those interested in various areas to meet, network, discuss and hopefully work... together in the future. So far the focus sessions include: Alternative/Left Media; Youth Issues, Housing Issues, Education and finally a session on economics and policy. Some of the sessions may be in parallel but we hope to allow maximum participation by all."

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I wonder what they actually mean by "Left."

 

How do you mean?

 

It is clear that this is not a centrist or rightist event given the participants.

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How do you mean?

 

It is clear that this is not a centrist or rightist event given the participants.

 

 

"Left" is a pretty meaningless term these days.  What would you take it to mean?

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"Left" is a pretty meaningless term these days.  What would you take it to mean?

 

Usually 'left' refers to a general combined political approach or ideology.  

 

For example, while most of the economy in Saudi Arabia is state-owned, it is not left wing as it does not include other important characteristics of being of the 'left' - economic egalitarianism, democracy, welfareism, social equality, social unity (particularly of labour) human rights.

 

Left-wing combines all of these things to varying extents, or at least in different forms.

 

The Labour party historically has represented itself as being 'left wing', emphasising greater egalitarianism, the welfare state, social equality and the protection of state industries. It is now drifting away from being left wing in these important ways.

 

"Left wing" is also used to talk about things in a more narrower sense, like social issues and gender equality issues, without addressing or including the other broader characteristics.

 

I dont think its meaningless at all. Its a useful way of catagorising organisations in general.

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It seems to me to have such a blurred meaning that it is pretty useless.  In the West, it generally just means people who support gay marriage and abortion, but dont necessarily support land nationalisation or a command economy.  Where does that leave people who do support land nationalisation and a command economy, but dont necessarily support gay marriage or abortion?

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  Where does that leave people who do support land nationalisation and a command economy, but dont necessarily support gay marriage or abortion?

 

How many organisations in Ireland have those policies?

 

None AFAIK.

 

You might have individuals with a whole range of different views. But thats why left wing is a generalisation.

 

And generalisations are useful.

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How many organisations in Ireland have those policies?

 

None AFAIK.

 

You might have individuals with a whole range of different views. But thats why left wing is a generalisation.

 

And generalisations are useful.

 

 

Personally, i try to avoid the term "left" as a serious category.

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