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 Organization: Two Models

Radical media organization: Two models
  • The Leninist model and its influence: context, strengths, perils, and its absolute corruption
  • The self-management model, socialist and feminist anarchism, and prefigurative politics

The best-known radical media organizational model of the 20th century, regrettably, was the Leninist one, often characterized as the transmission-belt model because it served solely and simply to transmit the party elite's priorities and perspectives of the moment. Its regrettable character derives not so much from all of its inherent characteristics as from the fact that it was enshrined in international communist party lore through much of the 20th century as the definitive, scientific form for both pre- and postrevolutionary media. Had communist parties not undergone the transition to taking state power and clinging on ...

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