19 May 2017
New Book by Adam Fish examines whether television can be used as a tool not just for capitalism, but for democracy.Throughout television’s history, activists have attempted to access it for that very reason. New technologies—cable, satellite, and the internet—provided brief openings for amateur and activist engagement with television.

This book critically examines the turbulent media culture of amateurs and activists using new video technologies and regulations in order to access an otherwise privatized television. Based on historical accounts, ethnographic material, and over 80 interviews collected within the television and Internet industries in the US between 2006 and 2012, the book illustrates how the socially liberal ideals of equality and the free market ideals of competition clash on the battlefield of participatory culture.

Read an extract and buy the book here


 Henry Jenkins, the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California conducted a series of interviews where Adam about his new book. You can read them here:

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