Round-up of AMC2013 Reflections

AMC2013 generated a bountiful collection of reflective social media, more than any AMC prior.

We’ve compiled here a collection of all the AMC2013 content that was posted to AMPtalk or shared via Twitter with the hashtag #amc2013. If this collection is missing links to something important, please share a link to it in the comments on this post.

You can also relive the AMC through the 3,771 tweets from AMC2013 in this neatly-organized archive.

Congratualtions to @Neville_park, @Maureen_70, and @TJJourian for being the top three #AMC2013 tweeters, out of 804 unique tweeters.


Dani McClain writes about how the AMC is "shaping the future of feminism" and asks: "How much further along might our movements be if we all took a few days each year to step into the futures we claim to be working toward?" in this piece for Yes! Magazine.

Micha Cárdenas adds nuance to the problems and possibilities of feminism, calling for "media that creates a world without trans-misogyny," reflecting on her experiences as a trans woman of color at the AMC. AMP Co-Director Jenny Lee wrote a reply.

Clayton Dewey reflects on the AMC as "a powerful showcase of the very concrete and real effects that media has on our world" in his blog post, "Media Changes Lives."

The social justice foundation, RESIST supported a delegation of their grantees to attend AMC2013, including: Black & Pink (Dorchester, MA), BreakOUT! (New Orleans, LA), Student/Farmworker Alliance (Immokalee, FL), Texas United for Families (Austin, TX), and Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project (Philadelphia, PA). In this reportback on the delegation, RESIST Co-Director, Miabi Chatterji reflects on her experience, saying:

"As a first-time AMC-goer, I was blown away: an activist gathering where being young, queer, left, gender nonconforming disabled, of color, of size, and a geek are all seen as forms of expertise rather than limitations."

In her blog post "Lessons from Detroit," Vina Kay writes about her experience on Rich Feldman’s Growing Our Souls Tour of Detroit’s Eastside.

"I went to Detroit to tell a story. In turn, Detroit told me many more…The AMC would not be a place for a straight-forward sites of Detroit tour. Instead, this was a tour to get us thinking about place and power and how communities build a future."

The Red Hook Digital Stewards produced this awesome Tumblr about their experiences. According to one youth participant, the most important message they took from the AMC was:

"never judge a book by its cover... in Detroit no one cares how you look, act or dress. If you have a heart, they have one back towards you."

Learn more about what the Digital Stewards were up to at the AMC through this Storify created by the Open Technology Institute. OTI members led AMC sessions on building community wireless networks, surveillance and privacy issues, using everyday research to get data, data visualization, and how to hack the power dynamics of race and gender that are too often a part of technology projects. OTI also installed a community wireless network known as "Magic Net" which allowed people to connect to the Internet with greater ease than Wayne State’s network would have allowed.

Malachi Vanderpuye from Bump Records and the Bay Area Video Coalition pretty much sums up the AMC when he writes:

"From the moment I got to the Detroit airport I knew that this event was going to be life-changing. We immediately met three AMC presenters whose presentations sounded very different from each other giving me the impression that not only was I going to get to meet a vast array of people but I was also going to have some fun."

The BUMP program of the Bay Area Video Coalition shared this slideshow of images from the AMC:

2013 Allied Media Conference

Read two reflections from BUMP youth media makers and instructors, "Sampling Detroit" and "Hacking Mario."

This Storify, created by The Black Land Project, after their Tierra y Libertad (Land & Liberty) panel captures vibrant discussion about transcending historical trauma as it relates to land theft and displacement.

"The Allied Media Conference gets more and more geektastic every year," writes Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha in her recap of the Born in Flames Strategic Reader session that she organized. The session ended with this powerful quote from Walidah Imarisha:

"Today I realized this: Every person who walks this planet (or any planet) today, who comes from communities with historic oppression and trauma, is science fiction. You are the dream your ancestors envisioned, and then bent reality to create."

DJ Ripley shares the breadth of their AMC experience, which included DJing at the Brown Boi Network Gathering after-party one day and leading a session on "Web Writing, Ownership, Ethics and Power" the next. Reflecting on the discussion that emerged in their session, Ripley writes:

"It reveals a real faultline in the tech world, where the concern over government or corporate control of tools sometimes outweighs the real, existing harms to particular communities denied those tools. The liberal individualist framework of freedom appears to allow many tech folks to MANDATE that people be open to harassment and threats that are tiring, stressful, and physically dangerous as well."

Full notes from that session can be viewed here.

Design Action Collective at the AMC

Members of the Design Action Collective presented two AMC sessions, "Designers + Developers + Clients = !!!" and "Making a Life and a Living in Radical Tech." Read notes from those two sessions here.

The People of Color Zine Project has produced a phenomenal three part report-back from their experience at AMC2013. The first, is a summary of their workshop "Zine-making Across the Diaspora". The second, is a deeply personal reflection on the AMC session "Understanding Colo(ur)ism in the Media." The third recaps the "City Dreams Youth Zine" workshop. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano writes of the AMC:

"People seeking support or counsel are finding it here. People needing resources for a project or the space to process an idea for a project are finding that space. It’s as if many folks are tapped into a frequency and we’re responding to and sharing support as we dip in and out of that frequency. Spontaneous conversations between strangers lead to epiphanies, healing."



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