Chapter 4. Counterpublics and Alternative Media

  1. Stephen Coleman and
  2. Karen Ross

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318173.ch4

The Media and the Public: “Them” and “Us” in Media Discourse

The Media and the Public: “Them” and “Us” in Media Discourse

How to Cite

Coleman, S. and Ross, K. (2010) Counterpublics and Alternative Media, in The Media and the Public: “Them” and “Us” in Media Discourse, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318173.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160407

Online ISBN: 9781444318173



  • counterpublics and alternative media;
  • overarching conception of the public - capturing sociocultural complexity of collective action in society;
  • playing the media game #1;
  • minority ethnic and indigenous media;
  • alternatives to mainstream media and existence of alternative press;
  • street and community press - a voice for the forgotten;
  • Big Issue, founded in UK in 1991 - for homeless people to sell copies of paper for their own profit;
  • Honolulu Weekly in 1991 - established by “Jane”, alternative to mainstream press;
  • “zines” (fan magazines) as sites of resistance;
  • community broadcast media and bringing communication home


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Alternatives to Mainstream Media

  • Zines as Sites of Resistance

  • Community Broadcast Media: Bringing Communication Home

  • Women's Media

  • Minority Ethnic and Indigenous Media

  • Beyond Counterpublic Enclaves