Alternative Britain

Notes, links, thoughts

BIT (alternative information centre) – Wikipedia

In 1974 BIT became the coordinating centre for Community Levy for Alternative Projects, an invitation to supply funds for, generally, fledgling alternative projects, partly targeting shops and businesses that identified with counter-cultural ideas and aspirations.

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Black Ballad – The human experience through the eyes of mixed-race & black British women

Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women.We elevate the voices of black British women through content, community and commerce.

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Money, (Co)Production and Power

Hardy, Jonathan (2016) Money, (Co)Production and Power. Digital Journalism, Vol 5, No 1, pp. 1-25.

Hardy’s article examines positions within political economy via an analysis of scholarship on digital journalism. First looks at ‘celebrant claims’ in accounts of the emergence of digital journalism. Such claims might be pro- or anti-capitalist but centre around increased access to information, lower costs, participatory potential. Draws on underlying assumptions that internet breaks old market monopolies. Benkler, Leadbeater cited as ‘celebrants’ who might well share marxist perspective of critical political economists but see internet as a force to “prevail against corporate strategies and capitalist logics” (Hardy 2016: 3). Emphasis on creative potential of internet. These celebrant claims have been widely critiqued in relation to journalism. (more…)

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Engaging (Past) Participants: The Case of 

Baines persuasively describes her experiment to mobilize the participatory potential of wikis through the instigation of the open access wiki, While wikis are mostly utilized as a means for closed groups in academic research to manage research data Baines conceives it as a method for research. The chapter explicates how wikis can act as an important part of empirical research in two ways: first, is an attempt to balance the nature of the research process and its

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Free Radicals • Online • Afterall

Between the late 1960s and 1970s numerous alternative printshops were set up across the UK, with the founding objective of producing, providing or facilitating the cheap and safe printing of radical materials. They were started by libertarians, aligned and non-aligned Marxists, anarchists and feminists, and as such were constitutive of the fractured and fractious politics of the post-1968 left. Emerging mostly at the tail end of, or just after, the 1960s underground culture, they arose in a period that saw

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