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Alternative media, performance and power in cultures of technology.

Atton, Chris

Authors

Chris Atton



Abstract

If, as Michel de Certeau argued, space is a practiced place, then what social practices enable what we might term an activist geography of cyberspace? Alternative media have a key role to play in online activism, particularly when they are understood as a set of social practices rather than as media 'products'. We can then consider alternative media as methods for the building of identities and communities, where two practices appear as central: reflexive media performance and the interrogation of media power. Whilst most research has emphasised the development of these practices through traditional print and broadcast media, emerging research is beginning to engage in a set of problems - some well known, some less familiar - that are raised by the location of alternative media practices in cyberspace.

Presentation Conference Type Keynote
Conference Name Cyberspace, Alternative Media and Activism Symposium
Start Date May 1, 2013
End Date May 1, 2013
Publication Date May 1, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 29, 2013
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Alternative media; culture of technology; online activism; cyberspace;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5999