The Blue Marbles Project: Mark Lloyd (2017)
The Blue Marbles Project: Mark Lloyd (2017)
“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governours, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” — James Madison in a letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822. One blue marble for Professor Mark Lloyd, who teaches both the Communication and Journalism programs at the University of Southern California-Annenberg School, at the Scenario Planning Workshop on The Future(s) of Civil Discourse hosted by The Internet Archive. Inspired by Madison's observation, Mark Lloyd has crafted a complex and powerful assessment of the relationship between communications and democracy in the United States. In his book, “Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America,” he argues that citizens’ political capabilities depend on broad public access to media technologies, but that the U.S. communications environment has become unfairly dominated by corporate interests. Lloyd holds that we must recreate a modern version of the Founder's communications environment, and offers concrete strategies aimed at empowering citizens. <div> While participating in the 2017 Archive-It web archiving program, the 7th graders at Rooftop Alternative School decided to archive CNN 10, previously known as CNN Student News, a program that Mark once worked on.</div>
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