1st Edition

Media Activism in the Digital Age

Edited By Victor Pickard, Guobin Yang Copyright 2017
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Media Activism in the Digital Age captures an exciting moment in the evolution of media activism studies and offers an invaluable guide to this vibrant and evolving field of research.

    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.

    Foreword - What Is Media Activism? W. LANCE BENNETT


    PART I - Communication for Social Change SANDRA RISTOVSKA

    1. The Future of Digital Enfranchisement JEFF LANDALE AND SASCHA MEINRATH

    2. Towards Transformative Media Organizing: LGBTQ and Two-Spirit media work 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

    PART II - Policy Interventions TIM LIBERT

    5. The Battle over Diversity at the FCC MARK LLOYD

    6. Feminist Activism and U.S. Communications Policy CAROLYN M. BYERLY

    7. A return to prime time activism: social movement theory and the media DES FREEDMAN

    PART III - New Political Genres 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, EVAN HAMILTON, AND HARRISON SMITH

    PART IV - Feminism’s Digital Wave 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


    Victor Pickard is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy (2014), and co-editor of Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights (2011) and The Future of Internet Policy (2015).

    Guobin Yang is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and Department of Sociology. He is the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009) and The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016). He has also edited several books.