Geeks, Activists, and Countercultures
This chapter discusses how radio activists formed close and complex relationships with radio technology. It argues that they constructed geek, activist, and countercultural identities around radio technology. Rather than existing as stable or inherent categories, these identities functioned as social tools; they were resources on which the activists drew. These identities shaped how activists formulated meaning around activism and technical work, with varying consequences. They were also used to enrollmembers of the public into media activism and technical engagement. The chapter introduces the radio station “barnraising,” a major site of symbolic practice for the radio activists in which activists and volunteers worked to put a new station on the air over a weekend.
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