The Uses of Community Media
Communications and Media Studies
Published by: Fordham University Press
486 pages, 152.00 x 228.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780823221011
- Published: June 2001
For almost forty years, DeeDee Halleck has been involved in a variety of projects that involve media making by “non-professionals.” Her goal has been to develop a critical sense of the potential and limitations of mediated communication through practical exercises that generate a sense of both individual and non-hierarchical group power over the various apparati of media and electronic technology. Hand-Held Visions is a collection of essays, presentations, and lectures that she has written throughout this process.
Halleck starts with a discussion of her own development as a teacher, producer, and an active participant in the struggle for media democracy. She gives the reader a historical first-person perspective on the community-based media movement and a sense of the determination and resolve that have enabled often fragile and much embattled organizations and individuals to survive in a climate dominated by global media corporations that are in direct opposition to their work.
DeeDee Halleck has participated as a major player in some of the most significant events in independent media over the last 30 years. This book is presented from the point of view of an insider, equally interested in access and empowerment as she is in public policy and international politics. Hand-Held Visions promises to be one of the most important books chronicling the movement for access and media democracy.---—Patricia Zimmermann, Ithaca College