From High Visibility to High Vulnerability: Feminist, Postcolonial and Anti-Gentrification Activism at Risk

Denisova, A. and O'Brien, M. 2019. From High Visibility to High Vulnerability: Feminist, Postcolonial and Anti-Gentrification Activism at Risk. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 14 (1), pp. 94-98. https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.323

TitleFrom High Visibility to High Vulnerability: Feminist, Postcolonial and Anti-Gentrification Activism at Risk
TypeJournal article
AuthorsDenisova, A. and O'Brien, M.
Abstract

This editorial considers how this special issue on media and activism reflects or extends current debates in the field and how it explores the possibilities for progressive activists around the world to use the media to resist the current rise of the extreme right alongside the disturbing and growing evidence of the techniques of fascism: populism, propaganda and fake news, hate speech and hate crimes. It follows Graham Meikle (2018) in defining ‘activism’ as ‘the widest range of attempts to effect [progressive] social or cultural change’ whilst its understanding of ‘the media’ includes a broad range of communication platforms, from traditional journalism to digital networks.

The issue itself looks at macro- and meso-levels of activism with this editorial explaining how contributions reflect different critical and research approaches focusing variously on media as enabling activists to organise; the mediation of activism; and media as a tool through which activists can professionally deliver their strategic objectives.

It calls for measures to make digital space a safer place for activists; to help activists own their narrative without constant risks of hijacking and abuse; and to celebrate the thriving strategies and tactics that bring together activists and the public who care.

Keywordsmedia activism
journalism
public relations
social change
progressive
social media
JournalWestminster Papers in Communication and Culture
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 94-98
ISSN1744-6716
Year2019
PublisherUniversity of Westminster Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.323
Publication dates
Published03 Sep 2019
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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