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An Alternative InternetRadical Media, Politics and Creativity$
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Chris Atton

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617692

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617692.001.0001

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The Internet, Power and Transgression

The Internet, Power and Transgression

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Internet, Power and Transgression
An Alternative Internet

Chris Atton

Edinburgh University Press

At the heart of the cultural studies approach to media research is the notion of culture as a key to understanding specific features of a particular historical situation. This chapter explores ‘alternative media’ and how we might conceptualise and identify appropriate methodologies for studying the Internet. It discusses the banality of the Internet and the everyday practices that construct it and its relations to the wider world. It examines power relations and alternative media, the economic and cultural dimensions of globalisation, and the legal constraints on communication and freedom of expression. The chapter closes with a discussion of the nature and purpose of the social movements that have arisen to challenge these forces as they are played out on the Internet, and introduces topics such as electronic civil disobedience, and communitarian and libertarian approaches to electronic intellectual property.

Keywords:   Internet, cultural studies, alternative media, culture, power relations, globalisation, freedom of expression, social movements, civil disobedience, intellectual property

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