Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mr. Brian Seaman Interview

Mr. Seaman discusses the impacts of the U.S. federal two-party system and American mainstream media on American democracy.
In this podcast, Mr. Stephen Garvey, Foundation for Democratic Advancement Executive Director, interviews Mr. Brian Seaman, human rights specialist and legal researcher at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Center. Brian talks about citizen empowerment and disempowerment in the context of western democracy. He focuses on the mainstream media and social media impacts on democracy. In addition, he discusses the impact of electoral processes on political rights, with particular emphasis on the United States federal electoral system and the recent 2012 U.S. presidential election. Brian believes that an informed electorate is essential to democracy, and that citizens are obligated not only to inform themselves on issues, but to ensure that they are accurately informed. Brian provides suggestions on how to become accurately and fully informed, within reason, on important issues, such as listening and reading alternative media (as opposed to mainstream media) and discussing issues and ideas with family, friends, and colleagues. For non-mainstream, insightful, and provocative discussion from people working in the field of international politics, listen in or download the FDA podcasts.

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2 comments:

  1. Wonderful interview! I love how media is an important aspect of the interview. Mainstream media is obviously flawed and fixed towards supporting a two-party system in the United States...

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  2. Ali, I am glad you found the discussion informative. Best wishes, Brian Seaman

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