1st Edition

Digital-Age Resistance
Journalism, Social Movements and the Media Dependence Model

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ISBN 9780367638511
December 9, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

In this trailblazing book, social movements, the mainstream news media system and public policy are tackled in order to arm readers with an "intellectual self-defense" of the realities of trillion-dollar valued platform conglomerates, the pandemic and the reality television-show-presidency of Donald Trump and its go at a second term. Firmly situated at the intersection between journalism, activism and the deployment of power, the author places his analysis within an international context which further develops a critical paradigm, called the Media Dependence Model (MDM).

Featuring a foreword by Daniel and Noam Chomsky and a preface by Robert. W. McChesney, the book offers a cutting-edge overview of the news media landscape both within the U.S. and globally. The MDM critically analyzes dichotomous patterns of mainstream press coverage of the #ClimateStrike, #FamiliesBelongTogether, #EvasiónMasiva (Chile), #FightForHongKong, #RickyRenuncia (Puerto Rico) and #CancelRent movements and the pro-Trump #liberate resistance, contrasting them with social media and other historic movements. "Evergreen" topics such as immigration, climate change and net neutrality are explored on an in-depth basis, along with media reforms and concrete policy solutions.

The book straddles disciplines including media, policy and journalism studies, political economy and international and political communication. It is a must-read for scholars, students, policy advisers, media makers, social media enthusiasts, grassroots activists, NGO’s and concerned citizens alike.



Table of Contents

Foreword: The Mass Media, Social Movements, the Trump Era, and the Crisis of Democracy, by Daniel Chomsky and Noam Chomsky  Preface: The Media Dependence Model Offers a Critique and Policy Solutions Steeped in Political Economy which Will Endure With or Without Trump, by Robert W. McChesney  Introduction 1. The News Media Landscape of the Age of Social Media and Related Lessons in Media Literacy  2. The Media Dependence Model in the Age of Social Media  3. Trump’s "Nuclear Option" 4. 2019’s Banner Year of Worldwide Political Resistance  5. Is Climate Change Really Mostly Our Fault? 6. A Reality Television Star Won the Electoral College and Just Won it Yet Again  7. Applying the MDM to the #OccupyWallStreet and #YoSoy132 Movements for all Mainstream Coverage during the Dawn of the Age of Social Media  8. [Online-Only Chapter] Comparing Today’s Era of Social Media with the Early Beginnings of the Digital Age  9. [Online-Only Chapter] Comparing Today’s Era of Social Media with the Early Beginnings of the Digital Age  10. Comparing Today’s Era of Social Media with the Early Beginnings of the Digital Age  11. A Public Policy Analysis of Net Neutrality Protections and their Intimate Link with the Future of Independent and Professional Journalism  12. The MDM in the Pandemic Era

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Dr. Andrew Kennis is an Invited Scholar and Lecturer affiliated with the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico City where he serves as a coordinating member of a research collective based at the College of Political and Social Sciences (FCPyS). Dr. Kennis is also a nationally inducted researcher program (SNI) run under the auspices of Mexico’s National Council on Science and Technology (CONACyT). As a pedagogue, he has taught graduate and undergraduate-level classes at UNAM, Northwestern University, the University of Texas at El Paso and many other universities based on both sides of the border. Dr. Kennis also continues to practice as an international and investigative journalist, having reported from locations ranging across four continents and dozens of countries while residing in Mexico City.


Dr. Kennis’ academic pedigree is impressive, as is the fact that he’s chosen to conduct a significant portion of his work in academic contexts outside the United States. This, coupled with his extensive journalistic work in a variety of countries from a critical perspective, may help to make the work more engaging to an international audience.

Dr. Kennis writes in an accessible way (his background as a journalist helps here), and, with a case study approach that grounds concepts in a thick description of examples, this assures that undergrads may find his work approachable. Graduate students and scholars interested in journalism, digital media, international comm, and social movements would be drawn by the subject matter.