EVERY one of the protest movements that have sprung up in re-cent years in different parts of the world has taken to mobile com-munication and the web in a big way to organise and express itself.Activists have proved extraordinarily adept in the use of the socialmedia. The convergence of small media, the domestic computer,and dispersed mobile communication has provided a huge stimu-lus for both new and existing alternative practices outside the mar-ketplace. Messages freely exchanged, not bought and sold, are notcommodities. Video especially has played a crucial role, from ‘citi-zen journalism’—which provides vital evidence of events beyondthe reach of the centralised mainstream media—to rap videos andmash-ups.
This volume looks at video, activism and the art of small me-dia from the perspective of a video blogger who is also seasoneddocumentary ﬁlmmaker and an academic. It includes blogs, videosand essays appearing since April 2010. The writing has been editedmainly in order to avoid excessive repetition.Is a self-authored ibook another formof small media? I'm putting this vol-ume together in order to ﬁnd out.Don't expect ﬁreworks—I'm learningas I'm going.Michael Chanan is a documentarist, writer andProfessor of Film & Video at theUniversity of Roehampton.He blogs atwww.putneydebater.com and his ﬁlms and writing can be found atwww.mchanan.com This ebook is issued under a Creative Commons licence. Itmay not be reproduced commercially or modiﬁed in any way,and must always be attributed to the author. All uses underfair dealing are permitted.2012
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