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Children’s Television Foundation,
C/-Bronwyn Hayward, 100 Ranfurly St.,
Tel: 03 379 7069
Fax 03 379 7329.
Australian Centre for Independent Journalism,
University of Technology, Sydney,
PO Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007.
Tel: 2 9514 2488;
Fax: 2 9281 2976.
Australian Key Centre for Cultural and Media Policy,
Faculty of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld 4111.
Tel: 7 3875 7772
Fax: 7 3875 5511.
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.
Alternative, women-run animation collective producing cartoons that counter racist and sexist stereoptypes.
Council of Canadians,
502 -151 Slater St, Ottawa ON K1P 5H3.
Tel: 613 233 2773
Fax: 613 233 6776.
Independent, non-partisan citizens’ group campaigning against global free trade and investment including campaign on Press and Broadcasting Freedom.
Transnational Resource and Action Center,
PO Box 29344, San Francisco CA 94129.
Tel: 415 561 6567.
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.
A spirited activist group which spearheads the labour-rights campaign in Haiti.
International Forum on Globalization,
1555 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109.
Tel: 415 771 3394
Fax: 415 771 1121.
Alliance of citizens’ groups from 40 countries.
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.
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:
130 West 25 St, New York, NY 10001.
Tel: 212 633 6700;
Fax: 212 727 7668.
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.
This journal is a crusading environmental magazine with an edge.
1243 West 7th Ave., Vancouver BC, Canada V6H 1B7.
Tel: 604 736 9401
Fax: 604 737 6021.
Adbusters is a self-styled ‘journal of the mental environment’ offering humorous attacks on consumer culture.
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