By Leah Lievrouw
Alternative and Activist New Media presents a wealthy and obtainable evaluate of the ways that activists, artists, and citizen teams around the globe use new media and data applied sciences to achieve visibility and voice, current substitute or marginal perspectives, proportion their very own DIY info structures and content material, and another way withstand, speak again to, or confront dominant media tradition. this day, a full of life and contentious cycle of seize, cooptation, and subversion of knowledge, content material, and method layout marks the connection among the mainstream ‘center’ and the interactive, participatory ‘edges’ of media culture.
Five vital types of replacement and activist new media initiatives are brought, together with the features that cause them to various from extra traditional media kinds and content material. The publication strains the historic roots of those tasks in replacement media, social events, and activist paintings, together with analyses of key case stories and hyperlinks to appropriate digital assets. Alternative and Activist New Media can be an invaluable addition to any direction on new media and society, and crucial for readers attracted to new media activism.
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In postindustrial society, “The freedom to have which characterized . . industrial society has been replaced by the freedom to be” (Melucci, 1989, pp. 177–8) and as a consequence the “search for identity, the quest for self . . [in which] we seek to ﬁt back together the scattered fragments of a human experience” (Melucci, 1994, p. 112), has become a central feature of everyday life. Meaning and symbolic production. Given the role of educated, creative “knowledge workers” and the importance of collective identity in NSMs, the construction of meaning and the control of information, symbolic resources, and representations constitute the central task of NSMs.
Theorists noted that participants in new social movements (NSMs) also tend to be drawn from the ranks of better-educated, creative “knowledge workers,” who frame their grievances in symbolic and cultural terms rather than as a struggle over material goods or economic class interests. Alberto Melucci, a leading theorist of NSMs, observed in the late 1990s that “In the last thirty years emerging social conﬂicts in complex societies have not expressed themselves through political action, but rather have raised cultural challenges to the dominant language, to the codes that organize information and shape social practices” (Melucci, 1996, p.
50). Although the Situationists had largely abandoned the dérive strategy by the early 1960s (Ross, 2002a), in his 1978 ﬁlm In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni, Debord would reﬂect, “We did not seek the formula for changing the world in books, but in wandering. Ceaselessly drifting for days on end, none resembling the one before. . We did not go on television to announce our discoveries. We did not seek grants from academic foundations or praise from newspaper intellectuals. We brought fuel to the ﬂames” (Debord, 2003 ).
Alternative and activist new media by Leah Lievrouw