The Video Activist Handbook
A practical guide to video activism and a political briefing for the burgeoning protest movement worldwide, this text is aimed at those frustrated by the political inertia of the media and political elite, but empowered by new technology and the conviction that change is possible. Arguing that the power that control the media and the practices that govern it have stifled political debate and marginalized the concerns of ordinary people, this book charts the recent rise in non-violent direct action/DIY culture and shows how video activism has grown and flourished as a key tool - changing the agenda of TV news broadcasts, overturning court cases recording instances of state brutality or corporate greed. A survey of the international video activist scene and the historical antecedents of these new protest movements provides the context for a critical assessment of mainstream media agendas - and their limitations. The author investigates the new opportunities now developing for the spread of video activism and DIY TV in the struggle for social justice.
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 135 x 215mm | 620g
- 01 Sep 1997
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 10 b&w film stills, cartoons, 20 figures, index
About Thomas Harding
Greg Palast is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Salon.com, and numerous other US, British, and international newspapers, magazines, and online publications. He writes the "Inside Corporate America" column for The Observer and is joining BBC-TV's premier news broadcast, Newsnight, as special investigations reporter. He is the winner of the prestigious Financial Times David Thomas Prize, in 1997 and the Industrial Society Investigative Story of the Year, in 1998. He has also been nominated by the UK Press Association as Business Writer of the Year in 1999. In 2000, Salon.com selected his report on the US elections as politics story of the year. He has been the subject of several documentaries, an NPR profile, and an upcoming "60 Minutes" feature.
Table of contents
Video activism and the new media; the new activism - DIY culture, the NVDA movement, resistance culture worldwide; media madness - mainstream media and the new activism; video activism - a brief history; witness TV - the role of new media in the struggle for social justice; selling to TV - the impact on the mainstream media agenda; group screenings - non-broadcast distribution methods; VHS distribution - getting the real message across; cable and satellite - radical cable TV worldwide; video on the Web - new opportunities; resources -international resource list of publications, videos and organizations.