Giraud, EHS (2014) Has radical participatory online media really 'failed'?: indymedia and its legacies. Convergence: the journal of research into new media technologies, 20 (4). 419 - 437. ISSN 1748-7382

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This article evaluates the contemporary state of radical participatory online news network Indymedia. After examining criticisms levelled at Indymedia from within critical communications and social movement studies, it provides a tabulated overview of current network activity and then develops a theoretical analysis of problems faced by Indymedia centres in a range of regions (focusing on centres in Latin and North America, Africa, West Asia and Western Europe). Finally, the article concludes by discussing how activists have attempted to overcome these problems and emphasizes the ongoing legacy of Indymedia within contemporary social movements such as Occupy. I argue that although there has been a steep decline in the number of active centres from 2010 onwards, the existence of flourishing centres in Latin America, Oceania, Western Europe and the United States and continued importance of practices pioneered by Indymedia in contemporary social movements are indicative of the ongoing value of radical participatory online media for activists.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published Open Access through Sage Choice, Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY)
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism, communicative capitalism, participation, indymedia, new social movements, participatory media
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 09:07
Last Modified: 23 May 2016 08:48

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