By Mitzi Waltz

This research of other and activist media presents an advent to replacement media theories, audiences and practices. It brings different voices and ideas from open air the economic media global to the fore, enriching and difficult mass media. Illustrated with historic and present examples, from either a united kingdom and overseas standpoint, it is also rigorously built workouts and dialogue issues in line with case reports and to be had texts.Topics contain where of different media in a mass-media international; a historical past of other and activist media; media participation and intake by means of marginalised audiences; using pirate and neighborhood radio, video and tv through group and minority teams; fanzines and different small publishing ventures through members; using replacement media for explorations in layout; the blurring of limitations among replacement and mass media; and new know-how and its chances for substitute media.Features:* a different examine of other and activism-oriented media designed for college students of media reviews, print and broadcast journalism, cultural experiences, media sociology and comparable disciplines* comprises broad notes and web assets* includes workouts and extra assets, similar to prompt additional studying or film/video/digital media for dialogue, in every one bankruptcy.

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This way only the transmitter and a cheap computer will get busted if the FCC ever decides to get a seizure order. ’ Online radio tools can add extra benefits, he noted, such as allowing local community and free radio stations to receive live coverage of global events as they happen. This tactic has been used at some anti-World Trade Organisation protests, and at other events where activists want to broadcast far beyond the immediate vicinity. Other than these applications, Dunifer thinks that online radio will have little impact on micropower broadcasting.

Radio is also relatively cheap to develop content for. Although quality may suffer, a hand-held tape recorder will suffice for basic tasks. Print media also have advantages. Print is a familiar format to most people, and even those who are unable to read themselves can often find 25 26 ALTERNATIVE AND ACTIVIST MEDIA someone to read a document to them. That said, many people overestimate the level of literacy, both in their own community and in general. Current estimates indicate that in the UK and US, 20 per cent of the population is functionally illiterate; 3 in deprived communities the rate is generally higher; and in some parts of the developing world it can approach 90 per cent.

It is a great way to introduce the community to radio and get their involvement – real grassroots radio. This method works great for political actions as well, especially ongoing strike actions with picket lines and such. People drive by and wonder what is going on: banners tell them to tune to a frequency and find out. [It’s] electronic leafleting … [it’s] hard to flyer cars whizzing by, but they can tune in and listen. (Steve Dunifer, 2005) Although mastering basic radio broadcasting technology is within reach, political factors can make micropower radio extraordinarily difficult.

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