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ERIC Number: ED088615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-11
Pages: 16
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The Social Impact of Broadcasting in the North.
Cowan, Andrew
The 1970 paper is an expression of personal views acquired during 12 years of broadcasting in the Canadian North. The population of the North is polarized between 2 social groups: the minority of white incomers, who have the jobs, money, and power; and the native Indians, Eskimos, and Metis, who are economically deprived, culturally alienated, and politically powerless. Although broadcasting is the obvious means of mass communication for these isolated people who do not have a written culture, media in the North is predominantly middle class in its outlook and appeal, aimed at the white minority. If broadcasting is to change and help the native peoples it must serve them as both a source of information and entertainment and as a means of self expression. This paper explains experimental and community broadcasting programs that could meet the needs of native people. It also details programs currently being developed by the Northern Service of the CBC, one of 2 main broadcasters in the North, and by other agencies such as the Native Communications Society of Alberta and the Society for the Coastal Area Network in British Columbia. Additionally, it gives possible community and cultural involvement in broadcasting, and programs that could use native languages. (KM)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada