Radical Online Journalism

Chris Atton

in An Alternative Internet

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617692
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670819 | DOI:
Radical Online Journalism

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This chapter explores the online journalism of the anti-capitalist movement, in particular that produced under the global media network of Independent Media Centres (Indymedia). This is understood as a radical form of public journalism through which egalitarian modes of address and access to the media produce a journalism that is intimately involved with global struggles against corporate governance. The study of Indymedia examines how grassroots political activism has, through the globalising possibilities of the Internet, enabled the spread of new social movements and radical political organisations and institutions. Its focus is on the ‘civic journalism’ that such practices have developed. Beginning with the Zapatistas' dialogical politics, a strategy publicised through the Internet and one which has been incorporated into many contemporary protest movements, the chapter looks at the horizontal, dialogical methods that inform many of the radical journalism projects on the Internet. Moreover, it considers the ethics of alternative journalism.

Keywords: online journalism; radical journalism; alternative journalism; ethics; anti-capitalist movement; Independent Media Centres; Zapatistas; Internet; social movements; civic journalism

Chapter.  14343 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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