UPDATE: If you missed the webcast of Bill Moyers’ speech this morning, scroll to the end of this post to watch the highlights on YouTube.
I’m writing from the cavernous Minneapolis Convention Center, where the 3,500 attendees of the National Conference on Media Reform are taking up about five percent of the space, leaving literally enough room for each attendee to convene her or his own breakout session.
The conference organizers at Free Press have gone to great lengths to allow you to experience the show from your home. You can listen to live streaming video and audio from the main plenaries. In a few minutes Bill Moyers is scheduled to take the stage to open this second day of the NCMR. Watch it live here from 8:00 to 9:00am Central time.
Here’s what else you’ll find online:
**Video streams of the main events and keynote speakers, including Moyers, Amy Goodman, Arianna Huffington, Dan Rather, Lawrence Lessig, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, FCC Commissioners, members of Congress and many more;
**Full audio clips from nearly 70 panels and workshops;
**Live blogging and updates throughout the conference;
Our friends at Free Speech TV are also providing live coverage throughout the conference. Tune in to Dish Network Channel 9415 or go online to www.freespeech.org to see more than 20 hours of coverage from the Twin Cities.
The conference kicked off with a bang yesterday morning with keynote speeches from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.); Lessig, Stanford University law professor; Adrienne Maree Brown, head of The Ruckus Society; Janis Lane-Ewart, with KFAI-FM; and Josh Silver, co-founder and executive director of Free Press. I’d never seen Rep. Ellison speak live before and he impressed. I was most moved by dynamic Ruckus Society leader Brown who opened up her comments with a wake up song — “Woke up this morning with my mind set on freedom” — and then confessed that she felt like an unlikely speaker on the plenary because she wakes up every morning dreaming of freedom — not of reform. She then urged the crowd to spend more energy on broad and deep visions for freedom and justice and fundamental change using media as a tool toward those goals.