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Alternative and Activist New Media. Edition No. 1. Digital Media and Society

  • ID: 5224503
  • Book
  • January 2011
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Alternative and Activist New Media provides a rich and accessible overview of the ways in which activists, artists, and citizen groups around the world use new media and information technologies to gain visibility and voice, present alternative or marginal views, share their own DIY information systems and content, and otherwise resist, talk back to, or confront dominant media culture. Today, a lively and contentious cycle of capture, cooptation, and subversion of information, content, and system design marks the relationship between the mainstream ‘center’ and the interactive, participatory ‘edges’ of media culture.

Five principal forms of alternative and activist new media projects are introduced, including the characteristics that make them different from more conventional media forms and content. The book traces the historical roots of these projects in alternative media, social movements, and activist art, including analyses of key case studies and links to relevant electronic resources. Alternative and Activist New Media will be a useful addition to any course on new media and society, and essential for readers interested in new media activism.
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List of Tables and Figures vi

Acknowledgements viii

1 Introduction 1

2 The Roots of Alternative and Activist New Media 28

3 Monkeywrenching the Media Machine: Culture Jamming 72

4 Hacking the New Out of the Old: Alternative Computing 98

5 Breaking Through the Information Blockade: Participatory Journalism and Indymedia 119

6 Getting People on the “Street”: Mediated Mobilization 149

7 Challenging the Experts: Commons Knowledge 177

8 New Media, Mediation 214

Notes 236

References 248

Index 279

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Leah Lievrouw Sudikoff Fellow for Education and New Media, Department of Information Studies, UCLA, CA.
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