alternative media sites
Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem
Kate Starbird
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How are “alternative media sites” defined? Are they simply those that push a conspiracy theory or “alternative narrative” — or is it about how they self-identify? Isn’t “alternative narrative” itself here— like “alternative facts” — just an attempt by some promoters of misinformation and lies to make what they communicate sound respectable and legitimate by appropriating the earlier notion of “alternative” that had denoted not nationalism or anti-globalism, but giving voice to marginalized communities and the interests of those excluded from the mainstream? There has been — is — an alternative media landscape out there that attempts to add to the national (and global) conversation and make it more inclusive, not undermine it; it’s unfortunate that this new breed of “alternative media” are referred to by the same terms.

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