FLUX · The US Left's relationship with Media in 2020
Pessimism on the left in the wake of movement dissipation, reckoning with movement mistakes, & how to think about leftist media.
· BHAVIK LATHIA
FLUX: An Evening in Dissent
FLUX was held at a depressing moment for media workers on the left: all "doomers", as Jaya Rajamani referred to herself at the time. Despite the Democrats winning the White House, dispiriting cabinet appointments by to-be President Biden, especially in the wake of the loss of Bernie Sanders' primary campaign left a sense of a weak Left with the dissipation of progressive movement energy by the end of 2020. Non-Fiction Editor Tisya Mavuram convened with writers, activists, and organizers Bhavik Lathia and Jaya Sundaresh to discuss how to rebuild power, the Left's relationship to media, how centrists managed to defeat a historic challenge in the form of Sanders' campaign, and a reckoning with mistakes made.
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JAYA RAJAMANI (previously published as Jaya Sundaresh) is a freelance writer, socialist activist, and writer of Time for Jaya, a newsletter about life, politics, art, love, the internet, and the terrible (and wonderful) things we do to each other when trying to improve the world. She has written for Current Affairs, and The Forward, among others.
BHAVIK LATHIA is a writer and organizer, currently Senior Digital Director for the Democratic Party of Wisconisn (WI-Dems).