Stefania Milan, European University Institute
25 November, 2010 3-5 pm. Ferrier 230 (map)
Why and how do people organize to bypass mainstream media and telecoms? How do grassroots communication infrastructures look like, and how do they function? Do social movements contribute to change communications policy from the grassroots?
Social movements embody an alternative vision of the world. They seek to communicate their claims to the wider public. Not only they attempt to access mainstream media, they also set up their own media and communication channels. However, when observing social movements, researchers usually take an instrumental approach to communication and media processes - they tend to focus more on ends rather than means. "Stealing the fire" tells the story of how democratic and horizontal "means" of communication are envisioned, built, and operated.