[SIGCIS-Members] Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

Lee Vinsel lee.vinsel at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 14:42:36 PST 2014

Dear SIGCIS Members,

Christina Dunbar-Hester has just published her book, _Low Power to the
People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism
<http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/low-power-people>_, with MIT Press. It
promises to be a fascinating and useful book for many people in our field.
I realize that some people on this list will not consider the book to be
"history of computing" in the strictest sense, but I also know that it lays
close enough to many of your interests to be worth sharing. Here's the
first paragraph of description from the publisher's webpage:

The United States ushered in a new era of small-scale broadcasting in 2000
when it began issuing low-power FM (LPFM) licenses for noncommercial radio
stations around the country. Over the next decade, several hundred of these
newly created low-wattage stations took to the airwaves. In *Low Power to
the People*, Christina Dunbar-Hester describes the practices of an activist
organization focused on LPFM during this era. Despite its origins as a
pirate broadcasting collective, the group eventually shifted toward
building and expanding regulatory access to new, licensed stations. These
radio activists consciously cast radio as an alternative to digital
utopianism, promoting an understanding of electronic media that emphasizes
the local community rather than a global audience of Internet users.

Very best,


Assistant Professor
Program on Science and Technology Studies
College of Arts and Letters
Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Twitter: @STS_News
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