An Alternative Internet: Radical Media, Politics and Creativity

ISBN: 9780748617708
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2004-11-19
Number of pages: 192
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This book explores how the Internet presents radical ways of organising and producing media that offer political and cultural alternatives, both to ways of doing business and to how we understand the world and our place in it. The book is characterised by in-depth case studies. Topics include the media of new social movements and other radical political organisations (including the far right); websites produced by fans of popular culture; and media dedicated to developing a critical, 'public' journalism. It locates these studies in appropriate theoretical and historical contexts, while remaining accessible to a student audience.Major themes* The use of the Internet by political groups such as the anti-capitalist and environmental movements, as well as the far right* Radical forms of creativity and distribution: the anti-copyright and sampling/file-sharing movements, and their role as cultural critics in a corporate world* The development and maintenance of a global, 'digital public sphere' of protes

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