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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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Radical Online Journalism

Radical Online Journalism

(p.25) Chapter 2 Radical Online Journalism
An Alternative Internet

Chris Atton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the online journalism of the anti-capitalist movement, in particular that produced under the global media network of Independent Media Centres (Indymedia). This is understood as a radical form of public journalism through which egalitarian modes of address and access to the media produce a journalism that is intimately involved with global struggles against corporate governance. The study of Indymedia examines how grassroots political activism has, through the globalising possibilities of the Internet, enabled the spread of new social movements and radical political organisations and institutions. Its focus is on the ‘civic journalism’ that such practices have developed. Beginning with the Zapatistas' dialogical politics, a strategy publicised through the Internet and one which has been incorporated into many contemporary protest movements, the chapter looks at the horizontal, dialogical methods that inform many of the radical journalism projects on the Internet. Moreover, it considers the ethics of alternative journalism.

Keywords:   online journalism, radical journalism, alternative journalism, ethics, anti-capitalist movement, Independent Media Centres, Zapatistas, Internet, social movements, civic journalism

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