The global alternative and community media sector: Prospects in an era of climate crisis

Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

Abstract


It is by now recognised that the environmental crises we face are the product of industrial development, enabled and in union with advances in science and technology, which are at the same time largely looked to for solutions (Beck, 1992, 2009). The environmental and hard sciences, law and policy are reaching consensus on climate change, reporting to the United Nations, governments, policy-makers and industry. Conferences and announcements propagate almost hysterically, celebrity is made and/or wielded calling for action, and election dreams are bolstered and broken in this daily influx of what is happening, what needs to be done, by whom and to what end or effect – all, of course, communicated via big media. What role is there for the global alternative and community media sector in this din of cash registers, careers and environmental crises? What role can be played by community and alternative media scholars? [...]


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