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

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

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