This course is for social activists, or would-be social activists, trying to 'get the message out'. It explores theoretical and practical aspects of social movements' engagements with media. We look at the definition, history and life-cycle of social
movements, from trades unionism to civil rights and feminism to counter-globalization and anti-war movements. Then we examine the opportunities and problems these movements face in their interaction with media-corporate, public, and altemative--and the possibilities and limits of cyberactivism and hacktivism. We will study real-life examples of media activism from the London area, and do assignments focused on the nuts and bolts aspects of getting your story into print or on air.
Registration in third or fourth year of a module in Media and the Public Interest or Social Justice and Peace Studies
RESTRICTED TO YRS 3 & 4 OF A MAJOR OR HONORS SPECIALIZATION IN MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST (MPI) OR MIT AND SJP STUDENTS AT KING'S COLLEGE (5 SPACES).