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By: Laura Stein

In: Radical Media: Rebellious Communication and Social Movements

Chapter 20: Access Television and Grassroots Political Communication in the United States

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Access Television and Grassroots Political Communication in the United States
Access television and grassroots political communication in the United States
LauraStein

Public access television began in North America in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a radical experiment in democratic communication. Access television supporters hoped to break the lock that commercial interests held on the television medium by bringing nonprofit, grassroots political and cultural programming directly to people's living rooms. By securing inexpensive access to production resources and facilities such as cameras, microphones, studios, and editing equipment, ordinary citizens would be able to construct their own televisual messages and to bypass the framing devices of professional corporate media. Distribution would be accomplished by cable-casting programs on a first-come, first-served basis over local cable systems. Supporters envisioned ...

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