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.

Samizdat in the Former Soviet Bloc
Samizdat in the former Soviet bloc
  • The gradually mounting role of radical media in the Soviet bloc from the 1960s through 1991
  • Radical media in the Prague Spring
  • Polish Solidarnosc (Solidarity) and samizdat
  • The newspaper Robotnik
  • The NOWA underground publishing operation
  • From martial law in 1981 to the Communist collapse of 1989

Although many factors came together in the collapse of the former Soviet bloc, radical media were a formidable element in the brew. The Soviet system, launched originally in the midst of the bloodbath of World War I in the name of peace, bread, and justice, was an undertaking that marked the 20th century in many ways; tragically, many of its achievements were for ill in the revolution's homeland and neighboring nations. For some, the ...

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