Media Activism in the Digital Age

Edited by Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang

This new edited collection brings together leading scholars and activists to explore how varieties of activism are mediated through communication technologies, how activists deploy strategies for changing the structures of media systems, and how governments and corporations seek to police media activism. From memes to zines, hacktivism to artivism, Media Activism in the Digital Age considers activist practices involving both older kinds of media and newer digital, social, and network-based forms.

Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang have assembled essays by leading scholars and activists to provide case studies of feminist, technological, and political interventions during different historical periods and at local, national, and global levels. Looking at the underlying theories, histories, politics, ideologies, tactics, strategies, and aesthetics, the book takes an expansive view of media activism. It explores how varieties of activism are mediated through communication technologies, how activists deploy strategies for changing the structures of media systems, and how governments and corporations seek to police media activism. From memes to zines, hacktivism to artivism, this volume considers activist practices involving both older kinds of media and newer digital, social, and network-based forms.

Media Activism in the Digital Age provides a useful cross-section of this growing field for both students and researchers.

Guobin Yang is a Professor and Victor Pickard is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. Both are IAMCR members through the institutional membership of ASC. Many of the authors are also members of IAMCR.

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CONTENTS

Foreword: What is media activism? – W. Lance Bennett

Introduction – Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang

Section I: Communication for social change

Introduction: Conceptualizing media activism: Intent, process, and action – Sandra Ristovska
1. The future of digital enfranchisement – Jeff Landale and Sascha Meinrath
2. Media in action: A field scan of media and youth organizing in the United States – Sasha Costanza-Chock, Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, and Puck Lo
3. Studying media at the margins: Learning from the field – Clemencia Rodríguez
4. The online translation activism of bridge bloggers, feminists, and cyber-nationalists in China – Guobin Yang

Section II: Policy interventions

Introduction – Timothy Libert
5. The battle over diversity at the FCC – Mark Lloyd
6. Feminist activism and US communications policy – Carolyn M. Byerly
7. A return to prime time activism: Social movement theory and the media – Des Freedman

Section III: New political genres

Introduction: New media dialectics – Jonathan Pace
8. Cahiers de doleance 2.0: Crowd-sourced social justice blogs and the emergence of a rhetoric of collection in social media activism – Paolo Gerbaudo
9.  Data activism as the new frontier of media activism – Stefania Milan
10. The use of the geoweb for social justice activism – Leslie Regan Shade, Harrison Smith, and Evan Hamilton

Section IV: Feminism’s digital wave

Introduction – Rosemary Clark
11. Feminists, geeks, and geek feminists: Understanding gender and power in technological activism – Christina Dunbar-Hester
12. Analog girl in a digital world: Hip hop feminism and media activism – Aisha Durham


The above text is from the publisher's description of the book.

Title: Media Activism in the Digital Age
Editors: Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang
Published: 2017
Pages: 232
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781138228023

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