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The Internet and User-Generated Content: The Future of News Media?

Saying that the internet has revolutionized the ways in which information is produced, shared and consumed is an understatement. The internet is argued by many scholars and academics (Kenix, 2011; Atton & Hamilton, 2008; Burke, 2006), as one of the key factors in the shift in the media organizations. In their book Alternative Journalism, Atton  more »

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Climate Change and its success in the mainstream

Alternative Media has served as a platform for change for many social movements across the globe. Recently we have seen the ‘Idle No More’ movement depicted throughout numerous alternative media outlets as well as mainstream media. The continuation of the movement can be attributed largely in part to alternative media and its ability to mobilize  more »

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Care2 Carve Out A Space For Action: A Main Stream for Alternative Media

So you want to get involved? Knowing where to start is the first step towards taking action making a difference inside and out of your community. Now where is the best starting point? Well, Care2 is the perfect place to start for internet-savvy individuals with a need for philanthropic action.  Care2 is a mainstream website which represents  more »

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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 »

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Indie Culture: A Contradicting Alternative?

In discussing indie culture, or indie media specifically, a few words come to mind: artsy, authentic, modest, real, low-budget, and cheap, but not all of these terms ring true to what indie culture perpetuates. Indie, by definition, entails self-employment or self-ownership and that is entirely what indie media prides itself on – autonomy. The ability  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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Silencing Alternative Voices

Under the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, Britain, among other nations, must adhere to several policy measures which are implemented to ensure pluralism and diversity in cultural expression. Yet, there remains to be a lack of enforcement of much of these policies, as broadcasters in the UK  more »

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Is it really “Ottawa’s Alternative Rock”?

Since being founded in 2005, the radio station Live 88.5FM has boasted being the station for alternative rock in Ottawa. Yes, their music is different than the pop and, as of late, rather dance/trance genres of music played on popular stations such as Hot 89.9FM or 105.3 KISS FM, is the station truly an alternative  more »

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Pot Activism & Legal Reform

The recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two states, Colorado and Washington, came as a surprise to many on both sides of the Canadian-American border. Formerly, U.S. federal and state law deemed any usage or possession of marijuana to be illegal. The exception to that rule was medical marijuana, which is legal in  more »

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Privileged vs. Underprivileged – Who Does the Corporate Media Care About?

    Youth and homelessness – two words that describe the thousands who are affected by social, economic and a variety of other issues in Canada, resulting in fending for themselves. The social movement of youth homelessness seeks to raise awareness, eliminate poverty, abuse, and homelessness of a younger generation that often has nowhere to turn  more »

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