23 Facts About Alternative media


Alternative media are media sources that differ from established or dominant types of media in terms of their content, production, or distribution.

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Sometimes the term independent media is used as a synonym, indicating independence from large media corporations, but this term is used to indicate media enjoying freedom of the press and independence from government control.

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In contrast to mainstream mass media, alternative media tend to be "non-commercial projects that advocate the interests of those excluded from the mainstream", for example, the poor, political and ethnic minorities, labor groups, and LGBT identities.

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John Downing, for example, defines "radical alternative media" as media "that express an alternative vision to hegemonic policies, priorities, and perspectives".

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The first being that the audience of these media must be involved in the creation of what is put out in alternative media.

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One way of understanding alternative media is to consider their role in the process of democratic communication.

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The alternative media associated with these counter-public spheres are critical in developing the needs and identity of the group and in challenging the larger dominant public sphere.

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Social movement media is how social movements use media, and oftentimes, due to the nature of social movements, that media tends to be an alternative.

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An example of how the mainstream Alternative media problematically covers social movements is the Occupy movement, which began with Occupy Wall Street in September 2011.

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Second, the mainstream media placed the protesters at fault of any violence while the alternative media focused on the brutality of the police and their violent acts on the peaceful protesters.

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Alternative media tactics used by SNCC included establishing a dedicated Communication Section which included a photography arm, its own printing press, published publicity materials, and created an alternative wire press.

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Alternative media have frequently been studied as a manifestation of participatory culture, in which citizens do not act as consumers only, but as contributors or producers as well.

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Alternative media are created by participatory journalism as citizens play an active role in collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.

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Participatory media approaches consider participation in producing media content as well as in making decisions about media production processes as a defining feature of alternative media.

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Individuals learning to produce Alternative media themselves is the step that moves citizens from literacy to participation.

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Community Alternative media is often categorized as grassroots, a description that applies to both the financial structure and the process of content creation.

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Historically community media has served to provide an alternative political voice.

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Across the world forms of community, Alternative media are used to elevate the needs and discourse of a specific space, typically connected by geographical, cultural, social, or economic similarities.

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Minority community Alternative media can be both localized and national, serving to disseminate information to a targeted demographic.

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Historically, these forms of Alternative media have served a dual purpose, to disseminate information to a community that is traditionally ignored or overlooked by major Alternative media outlets and as a vehicle for political protest or social reform.

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Sociologist Yu Shi's exploration of alternative media provides opposing arguments about the role of minority media to both facilitate cultural place-making and hinder community assimilation and acculturation.

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An example of alternative media is tactical media, which uses 'hit-and-run' tactics to bring attention to an emerging problem.

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Some alternative media can be associated with the political left in the United States, the political right in the United States, and various political positions in the United Kingdom.

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