Democracy from the Ground Up: Reflections on Grassroots Media

Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong


Grassroots media are often taken to be "in your face," confrontational, and adversarial. Activist circles and the academy celebrate such media for their authenticity as well as their oppositional stance vis-a-vis mainstream media, a liberation through new technology and new voices. As

an ethnographer/videographer teaching in communication, I know that such grassroots media generally are also seen by community organizers, media activists, academics and

students, as a vital representation of the diverse voices of ethnic and sexual minorities across the United States.

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