Archive for November 10th, 2008

Amanda Michel – November 12th, 2008 – 3:30pm, NYU

November 10, 2008

Amanda Michel – November 12th, 2008 – 3:30pm
“Technology, Networks, and Journalism”

Amanda Michel is Director of OffTheBus, citizen-powered political journalism. Since 2003 she has worked as National Director of Generation Dean, created and managed the MediaCorps program for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, co-founded the New Organizing Institute in the wake of the 2004 election, worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and worked on Assignment Zero, a Wired and collaboration.

Christina Dunbar-Hester at NYU, Wed Nov 12, 12:15-1:30pm

November 10, 2008

much recommended…

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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium Series:

Wednesday, November 12, 12:15-1:30pm, Rogers Hall 304, NYU Polytechnic Institute

Christina Dunbar-Hester, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Annenberg
School for Communication, the University of Pennsylvania.

“Do New Media Have Old Politics? Technological Adoption and
Resistance in Contemporary Media Activism”

This paper contextualizes discourses surrounding new media
technologies by examining activism around community media, using as a
case study an activist group who since the mid-1990s have advocated
for greater citizen access to low-power FM (LPFM) radio.  I argue that
the significance of new and emerging communication technologies can be
grasped most effectively when emerging technologies are considered in
a dynamic field that includes older technologies; emerging
technologies are often viewed through the lens of patterns of use and
interpretation of older technologies, at least initially.  I follow
the activists’ assessments of not only FM radio but emerging
Internet-based technologies, including webstreaming and wi-fi
networks. In practice, the activists circumspectly negotiate expanding
their efforts to encompass community wi-fi networks, while trying to
retain the vision, flavor, and organizing strategies from their LPFM