This is an entirely new edition of the author’s 1984 study (originally published by South End Press) of radical media and movements. The first and second sections are original to this new edition. The first section explores social and cultural theory in order to argue that radical media should be a central part of our understanding of media in history. The second section weaves an historical and international tapestry of radical media to illustrate their centrality and diversity, from dance and graffiti to video and the internet and from satirical prints and street theatre to culture-jamming, subversive song, performance art and underground radio. The section also includes consideration of ultra-rightist media as a key contrast case. The book’s third section provides detailed case studies of the anti-fascist media explosion of 1974-75 in Portugal, Italy’s long-running radical media, radio and access video in the USA, and illegal media in the dissolution of the former Soviet bloc dictatorships.

Radical Media Tapestry: Communicative Rebellion Historically and Globally
Radical media tapestry: Communicative rebellion historically and globally

The tapestry that this section will weave is drawn from practically every strand of radical communication, whether using media as conventionally defined or not. For example, Chapter 1 includes a study of the body as a medium of radical communication in dance, and Chapter 8 addresses the Internet.

The purposes of assembling this tapestry are multiple. On one level, these examples give a historical and global sense of the excitement, the flavor, and the sparks of radical media activism. On another, they demonstrate the amazing—especially if the subject is new to the reader—multiplicity and richness of radical media past and present. On a third, they illustrate, are clarified by, and also ...

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