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Thursday, March 15, 2012

March Newsletter via #DetroitFuture News

Everyday Life in #DetroitFuture...
"When does a person's data become more valuable than their actual life, from the perspective of the system collecting it?..."


Round-up of coverage from the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition's third DiscoTech

Discotech youth pic 23/12/2012 >> DDJC

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition hosted its third Discovering Technology Fair (aka DiscoTech) on Sunday February 26 at the Mt. Elliot Makerspace, inside the Church of the Messiah on Detroit's East Side.  This was the largest and most dynamic DiscoTech to date, drawing participants from as near as the Sunday morning church service and as far as Kemeny Rec. Center in the farthest corner of Soutwest Detroit, 48217.  The sprawling array of hands-on stations included intro to circuitry and soldering, alternative energy, basic computer repair, stenciling and so much more.  Check out the following round-up of reflections and documentation from this epic event!


Social justice media to take center stage at march DFY gathering, hosted by Real Media, in Southwest Detroit

Real Media IMG_16253/12/2012 >> DF Youth

"I'm most looking forward to showcasing the work of Real Media youth and seeing how our ideas can inspire others and create a youth dialogue about social justice. The theme for the gathering (and for our work this year) is education and social justice – students owning their education and fighting to get what they want out of it. The day's activities will include small groups, co-led by youth facilitators, creating performance pieces around issues of education justice, then turning those performances into video." -- Real Media Coordinator Erica Hollins

Detroit Impact & Detroit Future Youth confront youth violence through media training

Detroit Impact2/28/2012 >> DF YOUTH

"The activity created space for youth to be proactive when addressing violence, rather than reactive, it also encouraged them to be more aware of how media is made and what particular messages media might be targeting youth with.  The media industry focuses on youth at every level. The cartoons, the rap videos, the food commercials--youth are the up and coming consumers." -- Keith Young, Detroit Impact Multimedia Instructor 


Detroit Future and DDJC Members present about Detroit's media-based economy at South by Southwest Interactive

3/12/2012 >> AMP

ddjc_crew 2South by Southwest Interactive is an annual technology conference in Austin, TX, convening tens of thousands of participants from around the world.  DDJC and Detroit Future members brought vital perspective SXSWi, sharing lessons from the work we've been doing to build community-rooted media and technology infrastructure.   Excerpt from panel description: 

When they built the interstate highways through Detroit, they divided neighborhoods and paved a path to the suburbs. When we look at the digital divide, we see the information superhighway is doing the same thing: setting communities apart and giving the more affluent a path to abandon the city. For all of the Internet's power to unite those of us who use it, how can we ensure that it does not divide us from those who don't?

Blue Gold to kickoff Monday Community Movie Night film series on March 24

Blue Gold--World-Water-Wars3/24/2012 >> EMEAC

A special screening of the documentary film Blue Gold will kick off a five-month series of monthly films during the free Monday Community Movie Nights beginning March 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. At the Michigan State University Detroit Center at 3408 Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Blue Gold follows numerous world wide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to United Nations conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade school.

"This is our revolution, this is our war," proclaimed Maude Barlow. "A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?"



Whitney Syphax Walker
Detroit Future Media student Whitney S. Whitney Walker Interview 2Walker talks about her goals and vision after going through the DFM workshops.
 3/1/12 >> Communicating in the D

Renee Hamilton-Newman
Renee HamiltonDetroit Future Media graduate of the web class and education tracks.  7/26/11 >> Communicating in the D

Matthew Cross
Matthew Cross-drawingDetroit Future Media graduate of the audio and education tracks.  6/14/11 >> Communicating in the D

Patrick Geans-Ali
Patrick's MugDetroit Future Media graduate of the video and social justice tracks.  7/24/11 >> Communicating in the D
from the Justice Communicators
"Self determination through digital media" by Victoria Goff
3/11/12 >> The Michigan Citizen

"Reminders of Nuclear Power risks from past/present, near/far" by Patrick Geans-Ali
3/6/12 >> The Michigan Citizen

"Nuclear Foods: Better looking, less nutritious" by Gregg Newsom
2/26/12 >> The Michigan Citizen

"Holding corporate media accountable" by Victoria Goff
2/19/12 >> The Michigan Citizen


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