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DOI: 10.31921/doxacom
Issue number: 30, January-June 2020


David García-Marín Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, España
Title From zine to podcast. Rethinking participatory culture from a comparative analysis of alternative media Summary The advent of Web 2.0 entailed a surge of numerous participatory theories that heralded the advent of citizens’ communicative empowerment and the decentralization of the media discourse, nowadays potentially led by amateur creators, or “those who were formerly known as the audience”. This essay poses a comparative analysis between the zine and the podcast as alternative media catalysts for media empowerment and the spread of countercultural narratives by studying their defining aspects, such as funding, distribution/circulation, project durability, their features as personal, instrumental and social media, and their creative logic. Through this analysis, the present article engages in theoretical inquiry into the false novelty of participatory culture and the few possibilities of liberation that citizens can find on digital media, urging a discerning approach to utopian visions about digital communication. Keywords Podcasting; alternative media; participation; empowerment; zine.


doi: https://doi.org/10.31921/doxacom.n30a5


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