In 1999, Seattle activists adopted cutting-edge livestream technology to cover protests against the World Trade Organization. The Indymedia network that emerged established the importance of alternative, anti-capitalist media for marginalized groups. Sandra Jeppesen traces subsequent global developments in activist media practices, investigating their role in contesting interlocking systems of capitalism, racism, colonialism, heteronormativity, and gender oppression by harnessing the transformative power of technologies for political purposes. Based on participatory research, Transformative Media offers new insights into the challenges and contradictions behind the scenes of some of the world’s most exciting and controversial social movements.
About the author
Sandra Jeppesen is a professor of media and communications at Lakehead University Orillia and former Lakehead University Research Chair in Transformative Media and Social Movements. Coeditor, with Paola Sartoretto, of Media Activist Research Ethics: Global Approaches to Negotiating Power in Social Justice Research, she has also published in Media, Culture & Society, the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, Feminist Media Studies, and Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements.