One of the underlying and emerging themes of my teaching practice and research work is the potential for the development of communities of interest, practice and association.
I’m predominantly looking at this in the context of Community Media, however, the net is getting wider all the time, to include community development issues, civic participation issues, and social sustainability challenges.
There is a very good article in the Guardian today from George Monbiot, in which he describes the impact of community development projects.
What is interesting, and I’ve pointed this out to colleagues I work with in the Community Media Association, is that Community Media is not mentioned in the list of activities and accomplishments.
I’ve been contemplating this for some time now, and I’ve been asking myself if we are doing enough with our courses and the research we undertake, to develop and enhance the social and civic contribution that we make, both with and through, media and participatory media activities?
Hopefully I’ll get some time soon to write and post some regular blogs about these challenges, and the potential insight that media scholars and practitioners can contribute that goes beyond the narrow skills and industry straight-jacket that is so dominant at present.