Franklin Street Presents Panel on Media and Paranoia on Dec. 2

Franklin Street Works presents a free, public media studies panel at the Ferguson Library Main Branch on December 2 from 4 – 5:30pm followed by a wine reception at Franklin Street Works from 5:45 – 7:00pm.

Join Franklin Street Works for a panel that welcomes nationally respected artists, scholars and journalists to Stamford to discuss media and journalism today. We will explore media studies topics that connect to some of the themes of “False Flag: The Space Between Paranoia and Reason,” including alternative facts, false flags and more.

Panelists are: Brooklyn-based artist Alexandra Bell, who has exhibited at PS1 and often explores media in her work; Jack Bratich, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and wrote the book “Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture” (2008); Journalist Alexandria Neason, who is a Columbia Journalism Review staff writer and formerly a reporter for the Village Voice, will bring an on-the-ground perspective to the panel; Connecticut-based artist Jeff Ostergren will connect larger themes to his curation of “False Flag” and will discuss how contemporary art can provide alternate perspectives to dominant narratives.

“Part of my interest in this panel is exploring the way in which the ‘media’ – in its various iterations of television news, talk radio, and social media – foster and in many cases actively create paranoia.” Jeff Ostergren explains, “This is of particular interest to me in that the media, despite all indications of the opposite, still is often understood as objective. No matter the format, news is filtered through corporate agendas, personal perspectives, and latent or overt biases.”

Franklin Street Works is excited to partner with the Ferguson Library on this timely event! Stay tuned for updates on panel themes and more.

RSVPs are not necessary but they help us plan. Please RSVP to

There are 3-hour parking meters just outside the entrance to the gallery on Franklin Street that are free after 7 p.m., and 25 cents per 15 minutes before 7 p.m. There is a lot with an attendant on Franklin Street just a couple of doors down on the right side of the street (closer to Broad Street) from Franklin Street Works. Rates are variable. There are also a number of parking garages nearby. The nearest are:

Entrance on Broad; $1 for the first 2 hours, then $2/hour, $11/day.

Summer Street Garage
Entrances on Lower Summer, Broad or Washington Blvd. Northbound;
$1/hour, $9/day, there is also an evening rate of $3/evening
Sat. & Sun. are free until 5pm.

Franklin Street Works has an ADA compliant, permanent ramp that can be accessed from Franklin Street and takes visitors to our back door downstairs. Please call Creative Director Terri C Smith’s cell at 203-253-0404 or email her at so we can open the door for you from the inside. Once inside there is an elevator available. Bathrooms are large and clear but do not have access bars.

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