Media Activism in the Digital Age captures an exciting moment in the evolution of media activism studies and offers an invaluable guide to this vibrant and evolving field of research.

Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang have assembled essays by leading scholars and activists to provide case studies of feminist, technological, and political interventions during different historical periods and at local, national, and global levels. Looking at the underlying theories, histories, politics, ideologies, tactics, strategies, and aesthetics, the book takes an expansive view of media activism. It explores how varieties of activism are mediated through communication technologies, how activists deploy strategies for changing the structures of media systems, and how governments and corporations seek to police media activism. From memes to zines, hacktivism to artivism, this volume considers activist practices involving both older kinds of media and newer digital, social, and network-based forms.

Media Activism in the Digital Age provides a useful cross-section of this growing field for both students and researchers.

chapter |5 pages


ByVictor Pickard, Guobin Yang

part I|70 pages

Communication for social change

chapter |3 pages


Conceptualizing media activism: Intent, process, and action
BySandra Ristovska

chapter 1|18 pages

The future of digital enfranchisement

ByJeff Landale, Sascha Meinrath

chapter 2|21 pages

Media in action: A field scan of media and youth organizing in the United States

BySasha Costanza-Chock, Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, Puck Lo

chapter 3|13 pages

Studying media at the margins: Learning from the field

ByClemencia Rodríguez

part II|58 pages

Policy interventions

chapter |4 pages


ByTimothy Libert

chapter 5|19 pages

The battle over diversity at the FCC

ByMark Lloyd

chapter 6|20 pages

Feminist activism and US communications policy

ByCarolyn M Byerly

part III|49 pages

New political genres

chapter |4 pages

Introduction: New media dialectics

ByJonathan Pace

chapter 9|13 pages

Data activism as the new frontier of media activism

ByStefania Milan

chapter 10|19 pages

The use of the geoweb for social justice activism

ByLeslie Regan Shade, Harrison Smith, Evan Hamilton

part IV|33 pages

Feminism’s digital wave

chapter |3 pages


ByRosemary Clark