PhD Thesis – BEYOND PROJECT: An Ethnographic Study in Community Media Education

ABSTRACT BEYOND PROJECT: An Ethnographic Study in Community Media by Shawn Naphtali Sobers Research Question “According to facilitators, participators and trainees of community media educational activity, what are the prime motivations of involvement, and what impacts and areas of sustainability result from the sector’s instances of pedagogy?” Thesis Summary The author of this thesis is

I passed my viva and got my PhD! ;-)

In celebration, here is a ‘Dance your PhD’ video for your delight!  (see explanation of dance below the video). One day you may well see me dancing stakeholder’s motivations, impacts and cultural sustainability of their involvement in community media education activity.  (of course danced in an ethnographic way!) Until then, enjoy Kat Potter and friends….. The dance follows the

Community Media as ‘Third Cinema’

I haven’t written here much lately as I had to put all my writing energy into finishing writing my PhD, which is now done, (the viva in May, wish me luck!!!).  There are a few places I want to take my research further in the future, one of which is to develop the discourse of positioning the

Channels of activity and emphasis of thought in Community Media (a methodology of mapping)

Since 2004, whenever I have given a paper at a conference about community media I have shown a table on powerpoint, (see the first table below).  I would go on to explain how this table informed my definition of the sector – which is according to the main areas of emphasis of activity by practitioners.  My description and

Debating process, product and progression in community media

A popular debate in community arts & media is based on the dichotomy and tensions inherent within the notions of process and product, and which state to value the most, and what ethics and emphasis are placed on each.  The liberal position (or more accurately, the centrist conservative position), is to compromise and value both

Post-action theorizing in community media (Laws vs Tools)

A large tendency in community media analysis is to post-theorize, for example attaching Paulo Freire’s theories of Dialogic Pedagogy to activity that has already happened, even if the facilitator had never heard of Freire and his ideas.  I feel that is still useful as it helps us understand the dynamics of what is happening better, and it is