Contesting Media Power
Alternative Media in a Networked World
Contributions by Chris Atton, Lance Bennett, Rodney Benson, James Curran, John Downing, Larry Gross, Chin-Chuan Lee, Tamar Liebes, Merlyna Lim, Sharon Ling, Michael Meadows, Christine Morris, Andrea Press, Terhi Rantanen, Clemencia Rodriguez, Keyan Tomaselli, Ruth E. Teer-Tomaselli, Elena Vartanova, Lennart Weibull, Yuezhi Zhao Edited by Nick Couldry, James Curran
Publication date:22 September 2003
Length of book:320 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Contesting Media Power is the most ambitious international collection to date on the worldwide growth of alternative media that are challenging the power concentration in large media corporations. Media scholars and political scientists develop a broad comparative framework for analyzing alternative media in Australia, Chile, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Topics include independent media centers, gay online networks and alternative web discussion forums, feminist film, political journalism and social networks, indigenous communication, and church-sponsored media. This important book will help shape debates on the media's role in current global struggles, such as the anti-globalization movement.
While mainstream corporate and state media are growing in power and reach, they are increasingly contested by a wide range of alternative media. Contesting Media Power contains a series of studies of alternative media and their funding, practices, and often contradictory effects. Covering a broad array of media and locations, the collection attests to growing anti-corporate globalization movements and a promising proliferation of alternative forms, strategies, practices, and movements. Written by scholars and activists from around the world, this book provides state-of-the-art reports on media activism and alternative media.