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A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication

With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community.

Key Features

  • Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world
  • Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics
  • Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field
  • Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations
  • Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion

Intended Audience

This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Aboriginal Internet Art and the Imagination of Community
Aboriginal internet art and the imagination of community
María VictoriaGuglietti

In this chapter, I trace the way Canadian-based Aboriginal Internet art has imagined community online. This ongoing work of imagination, which began with the popularization of the Internet in the mid-1990s, has been affected not just by the specific networking needs of an artistic community geographically dispersed and systematically marginalized from mainstream artistic institutions but also by the Internet's technological and cultural characteristics.

Aboriginal Internet art is a network of artistic and institutional practices engaged in the production of electronic and digital artworks. A quick tour round some well-known Aboriginal Internet art projects reveals a tightly knitted and multifaceted web, constituted by individual and collective online galleries, blogs, chat spaces, ...

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