by Rohanimah B. Guro, OPI
“We are afraid of globalization because we think we are losing our identity, but maybe, we are not losing anything, we are just afraid of seeing our identity in another concept,” said Dr. Thomas Alfred Bauer when asked about the the trend of globalization in the country and how media plays a role in it.
He had a lively exchange with AB English students about the current condition of media as a profession in the Philippines in terms of security, cultural sensitivity, and other factors affecting the practice at the CASSALIDA Theatre during his talk on March 31, 2016.
IIT students of Communication and Media Studies, Humanities, and Philosophy engaged Bauer in a discourse on Media Ethics and Culture.
Bauer is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna. He also gave a talk on Media’s role in creating social change at the MSU-IIT Boardroom on March 30, 2016 in the presence of Dr. Feliciano Alagao (Vice Chancellor in Planning and Development), Dr. Christine Godinez Ortega (Acting Director of the Office of Publication and Information), Dr. Steven Fernandez (Director and Founder of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild), Dr. Alita Roxas (Dean of the School of Graduate Studies) and other faculties and staff of the institute.
Bauer earned his degree in Philosophy, Theology, and Pedagogy at Universities of Eichstatt and Paderborn, Germany and his postgraduate in Communication Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
He also founded the University TV, OKTO Community TV Vienna, and University program at University of Vienna. He is also the co-founder of deScripio: quarterly Journal of Media in the Balkans, Southeast University.