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.
- 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
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.
Chapter 31: Media Activism for Global Justice
Media Activism for Global Justice
The movement against corporate globalization is a grassroots globalization effort (Appadurai, 2000; Karliner, 1997) known to activists as the global justice movements (Anderson & Cavanagh, 2001; Starhawk, 2002). The American mainstream media most often refer to this movement as the “antiglobalization movement” (Cockburn, St. Clair, & Sekula, 2000; Danaher & Burbach, 2000).1 For most Americans, this movement is a series of isolated events that flicker across their television screens every few years. Accounts of sea turtles marching in the streets and violent clashes between police and anarchists have dominated American news stories chronicling the movement. In years since the Battle of Seattle in November 1999, when 50,000 demonstrators protested the World Trade Organization (WTO), we ...