Jesse Walker is one of the regular writers who’s made Reason one of the most compelling and broad-ranging political magazines to date, covering everything from the legal regulation of user-generated content sites to the poetic genius of James Brown. The magazine itself is refreshingly unpolitical, though its writers cover the news with a libertarian slant. The magazine’s more candidly political little sister blog, Hit & Run, has been named one of the best political blogs by Washingtonian, Playboy, and others.
While Jesse covers a lot of ground in his writing, including interests in participatory media and how it fits into today’s legal, marketing, and government regulatory worlds, it’s obvious from his hardcover writing where his real passion for broadcast culture comes from- radio. His 2002 publication “Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America” covers the evolution of community, alternative and pirate radio, emphasizing all forms of independent radio as essential components to a healthy democratic media.
Jesse will be moderating the opening panel of Beyond Broadcast, Participatory Culture, with Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, of Four Eyed Monsters, Kenny Miller, of MTV Global Digital Media Team, and Elizabeth Osder, of Yahoo! Media Group.