Fight For Your Right

Dissident Voice, also known as DV, is an internet newsletter that devotes his time to challenging the perceptions on that mainstream media holds over the more prominent and “privileged class it serves.” (http://dissidentvoice.org/about/). It tackles issues dealing with culture and politics; however its main goal is to address issues of social justice and struggles for  more »

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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The Leveller: Mobilizing Social Movements Through Alt Media

Highlighting Social Movements in Alt. Media Sources: In order to advance the ideas presented by a particular social movement, the respective organizers must develop a strong dependency on media sources to disseminate their platform to the public. This relationship between social movements and the media can best be described as a “competitive symbiosis”1, where social  more »

The Struggle for Alternative Media

In the ongoing civil unrest in Bahrain, protesters continue to take to the streets in hopes of attaining justice. As the tension between the Bahraini Royal family and the protesters continues to intensify, hopes for a revolution no longer appear promising. While much of the protest encompasses staggering human rights violations against the country’s Shia’a  more »

Girls Going Ape: Redefining the “f” word – Feminism

We’ve all heard of Anonymous, the anarchic hacktivist group started in 2003, but have you heard of the feminist group intent on bringing gender and racial inequality to light in the world of fine arts? In 1985, the Guerrilla Girls were formed in response to a statement made by the curator of the exhibition titled  more »

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 »

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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Alt. Documentary Media: An Analysis of “The House I Live In”

As a deeply personal and provoking documentary, Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In critically explores the roles that government actors, political legislation, race, and class play in the construction of “The War on Drugs”. Proposed in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, The War on Drugs was designed to address the illicit drug industry as  more »

Anonymous: Alternative or Anarchist?

January 3rd, 2013, online hacktivist giant, Anonymous, hatched Operation USA wherein they hacked into US Federal Reserve documentation and left 4,000 bank officials reeling after items of their personal information, such as phone numbers and addresses, as well as private login information were set free into cyber space (Stone, 2013). Is this an act that  more »

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Read All About It! Megaphone Magazine in Vancouver

There is not much when it comes to finding a proper definition of a “street paper”, but they are newspapers with typically lower commercial and production values than a commercial or mainstream newspaper. Though it is quite difficult to count homeless people within any given area, the 2011 Homeless Count for the city of Vancouver  more »

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