David Barsamian: 'Media, Capitalism, and Climate Change'

/// Overview ///
On Friday, March 28th, CounterCulture will host renowned author and the director of Alternative Radio, David Barsamian for a free talk on ‘Media, Capitalism, and Climate Change’’ at SFU’s downtown Harbour Centre Campus.

Barsamian has written bestselling books with influential thinkers such as Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Arundhati Roy, to name a few. He is also the Founder and Director of Alternative Radio, an independent, internationally syndicated public affairs program.

Join us March 28th for a lively discussion on how big media in the back pocket of powerful interests are deepening our environmental crisis. The event is free but seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP. See full talk overview below.

/// Event Details ///
"Media, Capitalism, and Climate Change " lecture with David Barsamian
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: Doors 6:30PM; Talk 7:00PM
Venue: Labatt Hall (Room #1700), SFU Harbour Centre Campus (515 W. Hastings St.)
Cost: FREE!

// RSVP //
Tickets: http://barsamian.eventbrite.com/

// Talk Synopsis //
Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” In today’s context it may be more like, “I buy therefore I am.” Orchestrated wants driven by sophisticated advertising techniques have created a culture of consumption. Appetites for the latest hot thing are engineered. Media campaigns sell cool and sexy. Marketing is key. Data are collected. People are profiled, then targeted. Cell phones. Have to get the latest one with all new features, faster processor and design. We can’t be left behind. More sales means more profits. The capitalist economic system is predicated on making money and barely considers the environmental effects down the road. That’s somebody else’s problem. Consumerism is connected to ideology. Freedom is equated with the ability to buy things. But the pattern of endless consumption is not sustainable. We are destroying nature.

// David Barsamian // 
David Barsamian is the award-winning director of Alternative Radio (www.alternativeradio.org) and author of many books. His latest is "Power Systems: Global Democratic Uprisings & the New Challenges to U.S. Empire" with Noam Chomsky. One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, he has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and with his many books with Chomsky, Richard Wolff, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy, and Edward Said. His articles and interviews appear in "The Progressive," "The Sun," "Z" and other magazines and journals. A much in demand public speaker, he lectures all over the world. He was the keynote speaker at the National Campus & Community Radio Conference in June 2013 in Winnipeg. For his work on Kashmir he was deported from India in September 2011 and has not been allowed back since. AR airs on hundreds of public stations in the U.S. and across Canada from Victoria to Halifax. In Vancouver AR airs on Coop Radio, 100.5FM, Wednesdays, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.

// About Us //
This event is organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, SFU’s School of Communication and the SFU Institute for the Humanities.