UWS Open Forum: The Future of the Media Industry

Date: 26/10/2009

Writer, film-maker, columnist and host of ABC Radio National's Late Night Live Phillip Adams AO will question whether the evolution of the media industry poses a threat to democracy at the 2009 Open Forum series on Tuesday the 10th of November, 5.30pm, at the UWS Parramatta campus.

Media are invited to the lecture, entitled "The Future of the Media Industry".

At the forum, Mr Adams will discuss how the era of media barons is coming to a close, leading to a segmentation of the industry.

"When Rupert Murdoch joins Kerry Packer in the proprietorial Paradise with the Citizen Kane's who preceded them, when the Murdoch era of mass media ends with bang and whimper, we'll suddenly realise what we've lost," he says.

"Yes, monopoly/duopoly media presented major problems. However, the new world of media fragmentation, of Balkanised and "ghetto" media, where people only hear the echoes of their own prejudices, represent at least as great a threat to democracy."

Phillip Adams has a wealth of experience on the media industry, and his achievements include:

*Writing over 20 books, including the Unspeakable Adams, Adams Versus God, and Talkback.

*Producing films including The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Don's Party, and We of the Never Never.

*Chairing the Australian Film Institute, the Australian Film Commission, Film Australia and the National Australia Day Council.

Former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Director of Equity and Diversity at UWS, Dr Sev Ozdowski, will act as MC for the evening.

"Phillip Adams is in a unique position to comment on the changes in the media industry, as he's helped shape the nation's media industry for decades," says Dr Ozdowski.

The 2009 Open Forum Seminars, which run throughout the year, are hosted by the UWS Equity and Diversity Unit. The series cover topical and contemporary social issues and aims to bring the UWS academic and the Greater Sydney community together.

WHAT: 2009 Open Forum Seminars: "The Future of the Media Industry"
WHEN: Tuesday November 10, 2009
TIME: 5.30pm for a 6.00 pm start
WHERE: Building EA Room G.19, UWS Parramatta Campus, Corner Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive
MAP: http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/parramatta



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