While the bigfoot media were doling out the usual bread and circuses--Octomom, Brangelina, Jessica Simpson's weight--you may have missed the news that Iraqi deaths resulting from the U.S. invasion topped 1 million; a private-industry coalition called InfraGard is quietly gathering information on American citizens for the FBI and Homeland Security; and thousands of immigrant workers are falling into de-facto slavery under exploitation of the U.S. guest-worker program. Those are among the 25 stories of the moment that the media-research program Project Censored accuses the mainstream media of ignoring--and its director Peter Phillips argues that indifference is merely one more form of censorship. Phillips, a Sonoma State University sociology professor, will be in town to speak on the theme of "Media Democracy in a Time of Truth Emergency." His talk is free and open to the public. For more information, see projectcensored.org.
Thu., June 25, 7:30 p.m., 2009