Published in Global Media and Communication, May 29. 2018:
This article responds to the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) chapter ‘Media, Communication, and the Struggle for Social Progress.’ I argue that in order to advance the IPSP’s goals of progress towards a media system that advances human capabilities, we must name specific forms of structural oppression (what Black feminist scholars call the matrix of domination). I note that the IPSP should develop an intersectional analysis of media representation, employment, and ownership; that online hate speech must be addressed; and that the ‘filter bubble’ critique ignores the importance of subaltern counterpublics, although state and corporate propaganda is indeed a real problem. I urge application of a design justice lens, and identify free software as one important tool. I call attention to media policy proposals by social movements. Finally, I note the development of new tools for media analysis and encourage their application to an intersectional Media Equity Index.
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