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Kristoffer Holt – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.

  • Right-Wing Alternative Media
    , 2019
    Co-Authors: Kristoffer Holt

    This book offers a fresh perspective on central questions related to right-wing Alternative Media: Can right-wing Media be Alternative? Why do they exist? Are they a threat to the existing order an …

  • The ‘other’ Alternatives: : Political right-wing Alternative Media
    Journal of Alternative & Community Media, 2019
    Co-Authors: André Haller, Kristoffer Holt, Renaud De La Brosse

    This special issue of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media presents five articles that examine right-wing Alternative Media from different countries and contexts: Brazil, the United States, Germany and Finland. They focus on different aspects of a phenomenon that has come to the forefront of public debate in recent years, due to the many apparently successful Alternative Media enterprises that can be characterised as conservative, libertarian, populist or far to extreme right wing on a political scale. While there has been much (and often heated) public debate about this, researchers tend to lag behind when it comes to new trends, and a transient and rapidly changing Media landscape. The articles in this special issue are therefore especially valuable, since they all provide empirically grounded perspectives on specific cases that illustrate different parts of a large puzzle that is in much need of illumination. This special issue is of use not just to communication research, but also to the public debate on disinformation on the internet.

  • Alternative Media and the Notion of Anti-Systemness: Towards an Analytical Framework
    Media and Communication, 2018
    Co-Authors: Kristoffer Holt

    A range of Alternative Media outlets focusing on criticizing immigration politics and mainstream Media have emerged in Sweden in recent years. Although they have quite different ideological profiles, they share a clear and critical focus on immigration and mainstream journalistic representations of reality. Their message is that mainstream Media conceal or distort information about negative societal and cultural consequences of immigration and that mainstream journalists have teamed up with the political elites and engage in witch-hunts of critics, while ignoring abuses by those in power. Such Media outlets (especially online participatory Media) need to be analyzed in the light of their position as self – perceived correctives of traditional Media. There has been a remarkable surge of Alternative Media in Sweden with these traits in common during the past few years, and it is important to be able to discuss these Media together as a phenomenon, while at the same time taking their differences into account. In relation to this, I argue that the notion of anti-systemness is useful in discussions of the impact these Alternative Media may (or may not) have on public discourse. In the article, I present a matrix that distinguishes between different types of anti-systemness: ideological anti-systemness and relational anti-systemness. The article therefore mainly presents a theoretical argument, rather than empirical findings, with the aim of pointing to a way forward for research about Alternative Media.

Francis L. F. Lee – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.

  • Internet Alternative Media, movement experience, and radicalism: the case of post-Umbrella Movement Hong Kong
    Social Movement Studies, 2017
    Co-Authors: Francis L. F. Lee

    This article examines the relationship between online Alternative Media consumption and public support for radical social movement goals and tactics. Theoretically, online Alternative Media use cou…

  • Cultivating an Active Online Counterpublic: Examining Usage and Political Impact of Internet Alternative Media
    The International Journal of Press Politics, 2014
    Co-Authors: Dennis K. K. Leung, Francis L. F. Lee

    While Alternative Media have long been playing important roles in the politics of protests and resistance in many countries, the Internet has led to the emergence of online Alternative Media and arguably expanded the reach of such outlets. This article focuses on the audience of Internet Alternative Media. It examines the factors associated with usage and whether and how usage relates to political participation. Analysis of survey data (N = 1,018) in Hong Kong shows that, not surprisingly, Internet Alternative Media usage was driven by preexisting political attitudes and critical views toward the mainstream Media. But social Media usage could also drive Alternative Media usage even among people who did not hold congruent preexisting attitudes. Meanwhile, Alternative Media usage leads to protest participation and support for unconventional protest tactics. The study thus provides empirical evidence regarding how Internet Alternative Media can facilitate the formation of an active online counterpublic and t…

Joshua Atkinson – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.

  • Feminist Jedi and a politically correct empire: Popular culture and transformative bridges in Alternative Media content
    Journal of Alternative & Community Media, 2017
    Co-Authors: Joshua Atkinson, Scott Chapuis, Gabriel Cruz, Shanna Gilkeson, Chelsea Ann Kaunert, Yannick Kluch, M Martin Kimathi

    This article explores the role of writing about popular culture in politically motivated Alternative Media. In our study, we engaged in different forms of textual analysis in order to investigate three kinds of articles about Star Wars: The Force Awakens in conservative and liberal Alternative Media. Specifically, we conducted a close reading of reviews of the film, opinion articles about the film and ‘fluff’ articles about the film. Essentially, we found that the three types of popular culture articles were necessary for the establishment of strong transformative bridges that allowed for intersections between activist Alternative Media and mainstream Media. In addition, we also found the ideological assumptions embedded within the fluff articles to be the most important aspect of this bridge; these ideologies about culture and consumerism allowed for the strongest intersections to emerge.

  • Towards a Model of Interactivity in Alternative Media: A Multilevel Analysis of Audiences and Producers in a New Social Movement Network
    Mass Communication and Society, 2008
    Co-Authors: Joshua Atkinson

    This research utilized multilevel analysis to explore interactive Alternative Media production in a new social movement network. Interviews with audiences, local producers, and global producers provide evidence of interactivity between local audiences and local producers and between local producers and global producers. The local audiences provided encouragement to local producers through face-to-face interactions that aided in the establishment of organizational support for the local producers but acted as a discursive closure that blinded local producers to potential problems with their Alternative Media. The global producers revealed that they received content-oriented interactions from audiences via e-mail, which corresponded with data collected from the local producers who claimed to interact with global producers via e-mail. The findings establish a preliminary model of interactivity in Alternative Media production that links research concerning new social movement networks and Alternative Media and…

  • Contemporary Crusaders and Timeless Elders: Building Cultural Capital through Alternative Media Texts
    Popular Communication, 2007
    Co-Authors: Joshua Atkinson

    The following research examines the role of cultural capital in the reading of Alternative Media texts. I interviewed leaders of small social justice organizations in the midwestern United States in order to discover the ways in which they developed cultural capital and read resistance within Alternative Media texts. From the interviews I found that the participants learned cultural capital from Timeless Elders and/or Contemporary Crusaders of activism. I also found that two types of resistance were read within the Alternative Media texts: a hegemonic form of resistance based on militant rejection of materials and an emanciapatory form of resistance based on adjustive rejection of materials. Through my analysis I found that the type of cultural capital that a participant had learned played an important role in the type of resistance that they read. The themes and concepts which emerged through the interviews hold significant implications for the conceptualization of modern social justice movements.

Joshua D Atkinson – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.

  • At the Intersection of Mainstream & Alternative Media: Spygate & the Hannity Rant:
    Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2020
    Co-Authors: Joshua D Atkinson, Krystal Ingman, John Paul-jones Pierandozzi, Patrick Stump

    The following paper explores the establishment of credibility by two forms of Alternative Media: (1) a traditional Alternative Media site, and (2) an Alternative Media program embedded within a mai…

  • Narrowmobilization and Tea Party Activism: A Study of Right-Leaning Alternative Media
    Communication Studies, 2012
    Co-Authors: Joshua D Atkinson, Suzanne Valerie Leon Berg

    Past research concerning the theoretical framework of Resistance Performance (RP) has been based on observations of liberal organizations and activists. In the following essay, we engage in a qualitative content analysis of Alternative Media utilized by conservative “Tea Party” activists to build on the concept of RP. Overall, we discovered that the dominant theme found in much of the content focuses on “purity,” which is considerably different from past RP research that found broad themes of “human rights,” “democracy,” “be the Media,” and “principles of unity” embedded within liberal Alternative Media content. We conclude that the theme of “purity” gives rise to narrowmobilization, which constructs very focused protest communities within right-leaning politics.

  • Alternative Media and politics of resistance a communication perspective
    , 2009
    Co-Authors: Joshua D Atkinson

    Scholars of journalism and Media studies have illustrated the production of Alternative Media as a means for activists to generate dissent, while communication scholars have examined activists‘ performances and image events as challenges to dominant power structures. The approaches of both fields have contributed to academic understanding of social movements in modern society, but until now, their findings have emerged separate from one another. This book brings together both lines of research, and demonstrates the role of Alternative Media in the performance of resistance against power structures by contemporary activists. Specifically, the book explores the role of Alternative Media in the establishment of activist networks in local communities; the role of Alternative Media in the construction of strategies of resistance by networked activists; and the role of interactivity between local and global networks in production of Alternative Media content. The book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses concerning social movements within the fields of communication, Media, and journalism.

Chris Atton – One of the best experts on this subject based on the ideXlab platform.

  • Alternative Media, performance and power in cultures of technology.
    , 2013
    Co-Authors: Chris Atton

    If, as Michel de Certeau argued, space is a practiced place, then what social practices enable what we might term an activist geography of cyberspace? Alternative Media have a key role to play in online activism, particularly when they are understood as a set of social practices rather than as Media ‘products’. We can then consider Alternative Media as methods for the building of identities and communities, where two practices appear as central: reflexive Media performance and the interrogation of Media power. Whilst most research has emphasised the development of these practices through traditional print and broadcast Media, emerging research is beginning to engage in a set of problems – some well known, some less familiar – that are raised by the location of Alternative Media practices in cyberspace.

  • Current Issues in Alternative Media Research
    Sociology Compass, 2007
    Co-Authors: Chris Atton

    Research in Alternative Media has burgeoned since the turn of the millennium. The majority of studies has examined the political and social dimensions of Alternative Media and has focused on the Media of social movements. The value of these amateur Media projects lies not only in the content they produce, but also in the educational and political empowerment they offer to their participants. Other forms of Alternative Media, such as blogs and fanzines, present challenges to mainstream journalism; they challenge the exclusive authority and expertise of professional journalists. Recent research has begun to examine the relationship between Alternative and mainstream Media practices, particularly examining how Alternative Media offer ways of rebalancing Media power and how ‘ordinary’ people are able to represent their own lives and experiences and concerns in ways that are often ignored or marginalised by the dominant Media institutions. However, we need to learn more about specific Alternative Media practices and how audiences use their content.

  • Alternative Media: a case for development.
    , 2003
    Co-Authors: Chris Atton

    What place do Alternative Media have in Scotland? The need for Alternative Media has emerged as an urgent one in these times of Media consolidation and neoliberalism. ‘Alternative Media’ is a resolutely relative term, one which can include the Media of pressure groups and advocacy groups; the grassroots campaigning journalism of new social movements; ethnic and gender minority group Media; the ‘working class press’ of Marxist-Leninism; anarchist publications. Neither should it ignore the increasing use of video, audio and Internet practices for such interventions. This diversity makes consistent, historic and long-term challenges difficult, particularly in a small country like Scotland, where political fragmentation and geographic isolation can be acute.