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[Commlist] new book: InsUrgent Media from the Front: A Media Activism Reader

Fri Nov 20 12:17:54 GMT 2020

We would like to announce a new publication from Indiana University Press, which we hope will be of interest.

*InsUrgent Media from the Front***

A Media Activism Reader

*Edited by Chris Robé & Stephen Charbonneau***

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“The ‘personal is political’ has become so trite, it is co-opted by the right. /InsUrgent Media from the Front/ traces the ethos of intersectional and indigenous politics historically and transnationally through the personal experiences of activists fighting to represent their struggles. It is urgent to understand the through lines of these alternative, activist and community media if we want to prevent social movements from becoming just another meme.”*—Vicki Mayer, author of /Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy/**__*

“Chris Robé and Stephen Charbonneau’s edited collection /InsUrgent Media from the Front: A Media Activism Reader/ proposes that ‘visibility is clearly not enough’ when it comes to media activism. Their attention to media studies’ emphasis on technologies over practices helps focus media activism on an actual practice of activism rather than a detached understanding of activist media as cultural artifact. As they argue, media production, distribution, and exhibition “often serve as a means to activism rather than an ends.” In an era of hactivism and slacktivism, this volume makes a powerful reminder of the purpose of media activism and its urgency today, particularly as democracy is threatened in places like India and the United States.”*—**Dale Hudson, author of /Thinking through Digital Media: Transnational Environments and Locative Places/**__*

In the 1940s, it was 16 mm film. In the 1980s, it was handheld video cameras. Today, it is cell phones and social media. Activists have always found ways to use the media du jour for quick and widespread distribution.*__*


/InsUrgent Media from the Front /takes a look at activist media practices in the 21st century and sheds light on what it means to enact change using different media of the past and present. Chris Robé and Stephen Charbonneau's edited collection uses the term "insUrgent media" to highlight the ways grassroots media activists challenged and are challenging hegemonic norms like colonialism, patriarchy, imperialism, classism, and heteronormativity. Additionally, the term is used to convey the sense of urgency that defines media activism. Unlike slower traditional media, activist media has historically sacrificed aesthetics for immediacy. Consequently, this "run and gun" method of capturing content has shaped the way activist media looks throughout history.

With chapters focused on indigenous resistance, community media, and the use of media as activism throughout US history, /InsUrgent Media from the Front/ emphasizes the wide reach media activism has had over time. Visibility is not enough when it comes to media activism, and the contributors provide examples of how to refocus the field not only to be an activist but to study activism as well. *__*

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