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Published on Mar 27, 2008
On March 24, 2008 there was a General meeting of the Association of Cable Access Producers (ACAP) in Manhattan New York. The meeting was addressed by Dan Coughlin the Executive Director of Manhattan Neighborhood Network about the status of the Public Access movement with particular emphasis upon the situation in New York City but also with much consideration of the movement in a national perspective. Many questions were asked by the assembled people. Of particular importance the was the presence of Eugenia Dean who was recognized and warmly welcomed by the members of the audience. Sidney Dean himself has been recognized as one of the singularly important "Founding Fathers" of the public Access movement -- particularly at an institutional level around the yeas 1970. Dean died at an age of 91 in 1997 but Eugenia is carrying on with encouraging his vision of democratizing multi media communications in keeping with the consequences for Good (and Ill) as the expanding power of technology alters the capabilities of an ever changing Zeitgeist. ACAP is also very interested in highlighting the unique contributions and the pioneering role of Public Access -- it was there long before the Internet -- at a foundational level of consideration. Fellow MNN producer Paula Gloria streamed the meeting from her laptop computer, a harbinger of what's to come as multi media communications morphs into the cell phone universe on a planetary scale. We thank her enormously for her pioneering efforts. Joe Friendly the veteran Public Access programmer videotaped the event - as he has so nobility done with other events over the years. He created this video and we thank him very much for making it available. The meeting was a little less than two hours long and this is part 2 of a two part presentation. Many differences of opinion as to options and priorities were voiced and in the interest of transparency we videotaped the meeting for the record. This is the first portion of the meeting. The second portion of the meeting (40 min.s +-)was posted separately. While this is posted on the you tube account of Harold Channer and will be more appropriately be posted on the www.ACAPTV.NET website soon.