Alternative and Activist New Media

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John Wiley & Sons, May 6, 2013 - Social Science - 296 pages
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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The Roots of Alternative and Activist New Media
Culture Jamming
Alternative Computing
Mediated Mobilization
Commons Knowledge
New Media Mediation

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About the author (2013)

Leah Lievrouw is professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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