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.

http://www.poly.edu/humanities/colloquia/index.php

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

ABSTRACT:
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
campaigns.

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