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.

The Global Turn of the Alternative Media Movement

The Global Turn of the Alternative Media Movement

The global turn of the alternative media movement

For the past 40 years, media activists throughout the world have produced different viewpoints from those of mainstream media, given voice to progressive civic groups, grassroots organizations, and social movements, forged democratic processes of communication, and organized across national boundaries to form an international alternative media movement. While this movement has had a palpable impact at a local level, where media have been used to educate, inform, and activate small groups and communities around specific issues, it has traditionally been unable to reach larger audiences or create a broader democratic and participatory system of communication.

In this chapter, I argue that Indymedia is a radically democratic network and that it represents ...

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