Media Activism in the Digital Age

Cover of the book Media Activism in the Digital Age

I’m happy to share that Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang’s new edited book, Media Activism in the Digital Age, contains a chapter that I coauthored (with Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, and Puck Lo) about the intersection of youth organizing and youth media. The chapter is based on findings from the Media in Action participatory research field scan led by Global Action Project, with support from Data Center and Research Action Design, in 2015 (you can find the full report on GAP’s website, here). Here’s a short description of the book, from the publisher:

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.

You can find our chapter in the e-book, here:

Here’s the full Table of Contents:

  • 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 RODRIGUEZ
  • 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


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