Following questions offered a template to conduct semi-structured interviews.

  1. What are your general impressions about the WSF?

  2. Is it really a movement of the global left?

  3. Do you think it actually represents the voices of the marginalized?

  4. WSF has often been accused of fostering a kind of elitism – dominated by a few groups mostly from Latin America and Europe . Do you agree? How far it is inclusive and under-inclusive with regard to participation?

  5. There has been a lot of critique on ‘carnival' vs ‘rational debate' aspect of the WSF. People have called it a ‘traveling circus of the anarchists' or a kind of a ‘socialist dance'. How far do you think this is true?

  6. Do you think something which is so fluid, open and expanding is an ideal place to deliver participatory democracy ~ offering options for people to make rational choices and play a role in decision-making?

  7. Which technology and communication processes are most effective in organizing and holding a large gathering like the WSF?

  8. Based on your learning and experience of attending the WSF, do you believe it is possible to design effective consultation mechanisms for such a large gathering to get people actually engage in a meaningful dialogue?

  9. Do you think communications technology effects dialogue? If yes, how with respect to the WSF?

  10. With respect to the WSF 2005 what was the deliberative quality of the dialogue? How was it facilitated by using various communications tools and channels?

  11. What media tools were used? How easy or difficult was it to participate? Where and how did the tools help and hurt?

  12. What are the methods and tools you liked/prefer and why?

  13. Which one of the following names have you heard of: Ciranda, Terra Viva, AMARC, Le Monde Diplomatique

  14. Which media you prefer the most to get your information on the WSF and why?

  15. Why is the WSF under-represented in the mainstream media?

  16. Is gender an issue w.r.t the WSF? Do you think women's lack of access to right information and media hinder their participation in the WSF?

Copyrights © 2005 Sumaira Sagheer Toor
Masters Dissertation, MA in Global Media and Postnational Communication, School of Oriental and African Studies, London