Alternative and Activist New Media

by Leah A. Lievrouw

Abstract


Reviewed by Luke Heemsbergen

Polity Press, 2011, 294 pp., 9780745641843, 29.95 (paperback)

Lievrouw’s addition to Polity’s Digital Media and Society series offers a well read and written introduction to the socio-political histories, purposes and forms of Alternative and Activist New Media (AANM). It also reiterates the author’s theoretical explanation of mediation while categorising emerging ‘genres’ of new activist/alternative media by their purposes and means. It is this latter genre study that somewhat complicates the means and purposes of the aggregate work.


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