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"An excellent introduction to innovative, often non-commercial uses of new information and communication technologies. This is the kind of text I longed to have when I began teaching courses in new media activism, and am so glad to have it now."
"I find this book to be quite the best on the subject ... A great textbook. I wish I'd written it!"
Times Higher Education, "what are you reading?"
"Defining new media has always been tricky. Here, Leah Lievrouw gives and clear and thorough definition of new media based on three components: the device/artifact which enables the ability to communicate, the communication activity/practice, and the social arrangements and organizational forms created around the artifact and the practice."
"Leah Lievrouw's Alternative and Activist New Media provides the best text on new media and their political uses that I have read. Armed with an impressive arsenal of media and communication theory, Lievrouw offers as well detailed histories and analyses of a wealth of new media from the Internet to Twitter, presenting how activist groups and individuals have deployed them. The book should be extremely valuable to students and scholars alike, providing an exciting entry into a new world of culture and politics."
Douglas Kellner, UCLA; Author of Media Culture and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy
"Leah Lievrouw's Alternative and Activist New Media is a most welcome addition to the literature on digital media. The book treats a relatively overlooked and underappreciated aspect of new media: the politics of resistance to dominant media appropriations of computing. And Lievrouw's informed and intelligent consideration of the topic constitutes an excellent and accessible introduction. Alternative and Activist New Media should be warmly welcomed and will no doubt become the center of debate on the politics of digital media for some time."
Mark Poster, University of California, Irvine
"Leah Lievrouw uses concrete cases to describe how activists are using new media in jamming popular culture, cutting through institutional IT systems, scooping mainstream journalists, out maneuvering the political establishment, and outperforming the experts. Any student of communication and media studies will find this book an essential and refreshing guide for moving from old mass media perspectives and into the new media age."
William H. Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
List of Tables and Figures vi
1 Introduction 1
2 The Roots of Alternative and Activist New Media 28
3 Monkeywrenching the Media Machine: Culture Jamming 72
4 Hacking the New Out of the Old: Alternative Computing 98
5 Breaking Through the Information Blockade: Participatory Journalism and Indymedia 119
6 Getting People on the “Street”: Mediated Mobilization 149
7 Challenging the Experts: Commons Knowledge 177
8 New Media, Mediation 214