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Action

Issue 308

Action and Worth Reading....
..on Disney

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Children’s Television Foundation,
C/-Bronwyn Hayward, 100 Ranfurly St.,
Christchurch 8001.
Tel: 03 379 7069
Fax 03 379 7329.
e-mail: hayward@lincoln.ac.nz

Australasian Performing Rights Assocation (APRA),
PO Box 6315, Auckland.
Tel: 09 379 0638
Fax: 09 379 3205.
e-mail: greenribbon@voyager.co.nz
Website: www.greenribbon.org.nz

Australia

Australian Centre for Independent Journalism,
University of Technology, Sydney,
PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007.
Tel: 2 9514 2488;
Fax: 2 9281 2976.
e-mail: acij@uts.edu.au

Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy,
Faculty of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld 4111.
Tel: 7 3875 7772
Fax: 7 3875 5511.
e-mail: cmp@mailbox.gu.edu.au

Britain

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom,
8 Cynthia St., London N1 9JF.
Tel: 0171 278 4430;
Fax 0171 837 8868

Leeds Animation Workshop,
45 Bayswater Row, Leeds L58 5LS.
Tel/fax: 0113 248 4997.
e-mail: law@leedsanimation.demon.co.uk
Alternative, women-run animation collective producing cartoons that counter racist and sexist stereoptypes.

Canada

Council of Canadians,
502 -151 Slater St, Ottawa ON K1P 5H3.
Tel: 613 233 2773
Fax: 613 233 6776.
e-mail: inquiries@canadians.org
Website: www.canadians.org/
Independent, non-partisan citizens’ group campaigning against global free trade and investment including campaign on Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

Maquila Solidarity Network,
606 Shaw St., Toronto ON M6L 3C6.
Tel: 416 532 8584
Fax: 416 532 7688.
e-mail: perg@web.net
Website: www.web.nwt./~msn
Anti-sweatshop campaign also focusing on Disney.

USA

Transnational Resource and Action Center,
PO Box 29344, San Francisco CA 94129.
Tel: 415 561 6567.
Website: www.corpwatch.org
Works to build global links for corporate accountability and runs Corporate Watch, online magazine and resource center.

National Labour Committee for Worker and Human Rights,
275 - 7th Avenue, New York NY 10001.
Tel: 212 242 3002
Fax: 212 242 3821.
Website: www.nlcnet.org
A spirited activist group which spearheads the labour-rights campaign in Haiti.

International

International Forum on Globalization,
1555 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109.
Tel: 415 771 3394
Fax: 415 771 1121.
e-mail: ifg@ifg.org
Website: www.ifg.org/
Alliance of citizens’ groups from 40 countries.

Asia-Pacific Network (Pacific Media Watch),
PO Box 78028, Auckland,1002, New Zealand.
e-mail: delaro@clear.net.nz
Website: www.asiapac.org.fj

Worth reading...Carl Hiaasen's book : Team Rodent

There’s a small publishing industry out there dealing with Disney. Despite a spate of new biographies the classic is still Richard Schickel’s The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney (Simon and Schuster, 1968/1985), a thorough and entertaining sketch of Uncle Walt’s life.

Benjamin Barber's book : Jihad vs McWorld On the cultural theory side Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (Duke University Press, 1995) is worth a look, especially for ‘Technological Utopias’, an eye-opening piece by Alexander Wilson. A funnier and altogether more down-to-earth rant is Carl Hiassen’s Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World (Ballantine, 1998).

For a fact-laden and informative work on the new earth-spanning media conglomerates The Global Media by Edward S Herman and Robert W McChesney (Cassell, 1997) is as good a place to start as any. There is also an updated version of Ben H Bagdikian’s classic Media Monopoly (Beacon Press, 1997) which should be in everyone’s library. On the clash between Western culture and old-world values and identities Benjamin R Barber’s Jihad vs McWorld (Ballantine Books, 1996) is both readable and provocative.


Useful periodicals include:

Extra!
130 West 25 St, New York, NY 10001.
Tel: 212 633 6700;
Fax: 212 727 7668.
Website: www.fair.org,
Extra is a bi-monthly magazine published by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a US watchdog group which looks at media bias, censorship and corporate control.

Earth Island Journal
300 Broadway, Ste 28, San Francisco, CA 94133.
Tel: 415 788 3666
Fax: 415 788 7324.
e-mail: journal@earthisland.org
Website: www.earthisland.org,
This journal is a crusading environmental magazine with an edge.

Adbusters
1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver BC, Canada V6H 1B7.
Tel: 604 736 9401
Fax: 604 737 6021.
e-mail: adbusters@adbusters.org
Website: www.adbusters.org,
Adbusters is a self-styled ‘journal of the mental environment’ offering humorous attacks on consumer culture.

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