Alternative vs. Mainstream production: AIDS video movement

Activists rely on alternative media forms because they allow their producers to freely document social issues independently with whatever medium they choose without the restraints mainstream media institutions put upon them in order for their content to be aired or published. Although this arrangement sounds ideal for independent producers, their desire to reach a mass  more »

Independent Cinema and Its Historical Importance

Independent cinema produces films with high professionalism but usually outside major film studios. In Newman’s journal Indie is introduced as an alternative of corporate Hollywood  by locating the American indie film in the historical context of the “Sundance-Miramax” era (Newman, 2009). Newman draws his analysis on two typical Indie productions like Happiness directed by Todd Solondz  more »

Alternative / Independent Media: The answer to democratic decay or just some more voices in the crowd?

In a world filled with media alternatives the choice of alternative / independent media (AIM) is so wide-ranging as to be overwhelming.  From magazines to newsletters to websites to TV and radio, one could spend weeks glued to a computer screen reading, watching and listening to all the alternative voices speaking about all the issues  more »

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Forde’s Three Principles to Alternative Media and Press

It is no secret the key to alternative media is heavily reliant on the role the public has. The very definition of Alternative media suggests that it is the alternative to the mainstream media. It is also no secret that mainstream media sometimes neglects covering some aspects of the community, nation or world. Therefore, those  more »

The Failures of Technological Advances: Disability Access to Feminist Media

Much in part to the ever-evolving cyber-age we live in, the issue of “access” to various medium in society has been a huge challenge for producers to adapt to and overcome. Due to the many channels that deliver messages over the internet and the major competition mainstream media presents with its popularity, alternative media sources  more »

Occupy. Resist. Produce. Reviewing the Success of Argentina’s Recovered Factories Movement

For Argentina, the end of 2001 will be remembered as one of the worst periods of personal, economic and political crisis that the country has experienced in recent history. Argentina’s declining GDP, lack of governmental authority, and the devaluation of the Argentine peso lead to many companies shutting down factories across the nation. Many Argentines  more »