In this book, Chris Atton offers a fresh introduction to alternative media: one which is not limited to `radical' media, but can also account for newer cultural forms such as zines, fanzines, and personal websites. Alternative Media: Examines how and why people produce and use alternative media - to make meaning, to interpret, and to change the world in which they live Encompasses a wide range of alternative media and draws on examples from both the United States and United Kingdom Locates contemporary alternative media in their cultural, historical and political contexts
What Use is a Zine? Identity – Building and Social Signification in Zine Culture
This chapter seeks to understand the production of zines and ‘zine culture’ in terms of the possibility they offer for building identity and community amongst their readers and writers. The term ‘zine’ was established in the 1980s to refer to a far wider range of amateur publications than could be encompassed by ‘fanzine’. Fanzines are primarily concerned with the object of their attention (works of literature, music, films, or other cultural activities), though this is not to say that they are solely about consumption. John Fiske (1989/1991: 151) has argued that they are ‘cultural producers, not cultural consumers’. ...