InsUrgent Media from the Front
A Media Activism Reader
Published by: Indiana University Press
328 pages, 155.00 x 235.00 mm, 21 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780253051394
- Published: November 2020
In the 1940s, it was 16 mm film. In the 1980s, it was handheld video cameras. Today, it is cell phones and social media. Activists have always found ways to use the media du jour for quick and widespread distribution.
InsUrgent Media from the Front takes a look at activist media practices in the 21st century and sheds light on what it means to enact change using different media of the past and present. Chris Robé and Stephen Charbonneau's edited collection uses the term "insUrgent media" to highlight the ways grassroots media activists challenged and are challenging hegemonic norms like colonialism, patriarchy, imperialism, classism, and heteronormativity. Additionally, the term is used to convey the sense of urgency that defines media activism. Unlike slower traditional media, activist media has historically sacrificed aesthetics for immediacy. Consequently, this "run and gun" method of capturing content has shaped the way activist media looks throughout history.
With chapters focused on indigenous resistance, community media, and the use of media as activism throughout US history, InsUrgent Media from the Front emphasizes the wide reach media activism has had over time. Visibility is not enough when it comes to media activism, and the contributors provide examples of how to refocus the field not only to be an activist but to study activism as well.
Foreword. "Then and Now: A Comparative POV on Activist Media" by John D.H. Downing
Introduction. "Insurgent Projections" by Chris Robé and Stephen Charbonneau
I. US Radical Histories
1. Tanya Goldman / Men and Dust, Labor Advocacy, and Alternative Film Distribution, 1939-1942
2. Angela Aguayo / Subjugated Histories as Affective Resistance: U.S. Abortion Documentaries, Middle-Class Resistance, and Botched Political Subjectivity
3. Alexandra Juhasz and Sam Feder / Setting the Terms of Our Own Visibility: A Conversation between Sam Feder and Alexandra Juhasz on Trans Activist Media in the United States
4. Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore Kerr / Seeing What the Patrimony Didn't Save, Alternative Stewardship of the Activist Media Archive: A Conversation between Alexandra Juhasz and Theodore Kerr
II. Indigenous Resistances and Indigenous Issues in Canada, US, and Australia
5. Lisa Gye, Daniel Marcus, Oliver Vodeb, Kristy-Lee Horswood and Sam Burch / Coming to the Fire: Collaboration across Cultures in Media Activism
6. Ezra Winton / The Program(ming) is Political: Documentary, Festivals and the Politics of Programming
7. Dorothy Kidd / Mobilizing with Video in the Extractive Zone
8. Kristi Kouchakji and Jason W. Buel / Analog No More: Idle No More as Digital Nation
9. Ezra Winton / Letting it Seep In: Ojibwe Filmmaking Duo Adam and Zack Khalil
Discuss Political Filmmaking as Covert Ops
III. Community Media in the Americas and Asia
10. Ruth Goldman / Media Activism through Community: A Case Study of Squeaky Wheel/Buffalo Media Resources
11. Chun Chun Ting / Community Organizing and Media Activism: The Case of v-artivist in Hong Kong*
12. Kara Andrade / WhatsApp Messaging and Murder in Mexico
13. Ben Lenzner / Film, Video, and Digital Media Activism Collection: Regional Video Activism in India—Video Volunteers, Community & Empowerment
List of Contributors