I have just announced the launching of Info-Rhizome: Report on Independent Media in the Chinese-speaking World at interlocals.net. Individual can download free copy from here.
The book is consisted of reports on the development of independent media in four regions: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan, with special focus on regulation and control and citizen initiatives in counteracting information manipulation and media monopoly. Below a some quotes taken from our introduction:
Hu Yong: Audience revolt is a consequence of a legitimacy crisis in journalism… We thus see the emergence of new and decentralised forms of citizen engagement in government monitoring, political discussion, and agenda framing. In a word, “the previous audiences” have now become potential contributors to political dialogue, and potential actors, in the political scene.
Rebecca MacKinnon: How can independent media communities a across the Chinese-speaking world share experiences, support, and promote one another? …Will Asia's Chinese-language independent media largely focus inwards on their local communities and polities? Or can some transcend the nation-state and bring together various like-minded Chinese-speaking communities formed around interests or beliefs? What will then be the implications?
Feng Chien-san: In order to proclaim our media independent and alternative, we first need to equip ourselves with the spirit of Sisyphus and believe that, one day, we too will reclaim the sea and move the mountain. At the same time, we need to be prepared to penetrate the mainstream through both guerrilla and regular warfare, hand-in-hand like Ying and Yang, in both dream and in reality.
More information can be found here. All revenue generated from this book will be used to sustain interlocals.net and research publication on media activism. So you may consider ordering a printed copy for your affiliating organizations or institution to support the work.