By Anna Leventhal
In the wake of the 1960s and their social and political upheavals – the Quiet Revolution, the student uprisings of ’68, the civil rights movements and race riots in America – a growing consciousness of the power of the media to unify and mobilize social causes fed into a movement of mass media democratization. Community radio and public-access television stations made forays into the mediascape, and citizens’ groups formed around areas of local concern – neighbourhood improvement, decent working conditions, access to health services, and so on. And in Québec, print media seemed to explode. A massive proliferation of grassroots and independent publications attested to the vitality of Québec’s struggles for social and political change.