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Low Power to the PeoplePirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism$
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Christina Dunbar-Hester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028127

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028127.001.0001

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The Work of Pedagogy in Technological Activism

The Work of Pedagogy in Technological Activism

(p.69) 4 The Work of Pedagogy in Technological Activism
Low Power to the People

Christina Dunbar-Hester

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the productive and affective priorities of technological activism. It describes a pedagogical workshop the activists held over a weekend—the barnraising ethos in miniature, with attendant advantages and difficulties for activists, novices, and expert participants. It draws out some of the dynamics surrounding expertise that vexed the activists as they tried to realize a political vision that called for equality. It shows that one consequence of promoting technology as a platform for emancipatory politics is that this can result in a constant battle with unequally distributed expertise.

Keywords:   participatory culture, Low-Power FM (LPFM), FM radio, ethnography, activism, expertise, tinkering

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