Digital, Political, Radical is a siren call to the field of media and communications and the study of social and political movements to put the politics of transformation at the very heart of our analyses to meet the global challenges of gross inequality and ever more impoverished democracies. Fenton makes an impassioned plea for reinvigorating critical research on digital media such that it can be explanatory, practical and normative. She dares us to be politically emboldened. She urges us to seek out an emancipatory politics that aims to deepen our democratic horizons - to ask: How can we do democracy better? What are the conditions required to live together well? What is the role of the media and how can we reclaim media, power and politics for progressive ends? Journeying through a range of protest and political movements, Fenton debunks myths of digital media along the way and points us in the direction of newly emergent politics of the left. Digital, Political, Radical contributes to political debate on contemporary (re)configurations of radical progressive politics through a consideration of how we experience (counter)politics in the digital age and how this may influence our being political. Book jacket.
Introduction : Sowing the Seeds of Dissent Digital Activism : A New Means of and a New Meaning of Being Political Digital Media, Radical Politics and Counter Public Spheres Passion and Politics : Radical Politics and Mediated Subjects Radical Politics and Organisational Form in Theory and in Practice On Being Political and the Politics of Being Conclusion : Putting Politics Back in the Picture?