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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  

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Alternative Media
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in alternative media

The use of the Internet by the Zapatista movement in Mexico to send communiqués out to the rest of the world has been an especially potent demonstration of autonomous electronic communication (Wehling, 1995). Manuel Castells (1997: 79) has called the Zapatistas the ‘first informational guerrilla movement’. Worldwide mobilization came in the form of protests, letter-writing and the sharing of information about the situation in Chiapas and to this extent – the use of the Internet as the primary channel for autonomous communication – the movement was informational and (if only metaphorically) ‘guerrilla’. It is as this electronic complex of informational and communicational possibilities which is itself linked with other complexes ...

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