Z Communications

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Z Communications is a left-wing activist-oriented media group founded in 1986 by Michael Albert and Lydia Sargent.[1] It is, in broad terms, ideologically libertarian socialist, anticapitalist, and heavily influenced by participatory economics, although much of its content is focused on critical commentary of foreign affairs.[citation needed] Its publications include Z Magazine, ZNet, and Z Video.[2] Z Communications is based outside Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Publications and organizations[edit]

Z Communications' has a number of organizations including print and online political analysis.

Z Magazine (formerly Zeta) was established in 1987 by two of the co-founders of South End Press, Michael Albert and Lydia Sargent. It is a monthly magazine focusing on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the United States. A Huffington Post writer described its viewpoint as liberal.[3] It is published in print and on-line. Contributors include Mike Kuhlenbeck[4], Paul Street[5] and Jack Rasmas.[6]

Founded in 1995, Z Net (also known as ZNet and Z Communications) is a website to "convey information and provide community," generally focusing on politics from a left-wing perspective. It covers hot-topic issues, sub-sites, translations, archives, links to other progressive sites, and a daily commentary program.[citation needed] The site was mentioned in the 2007 film Shooter.[7] By 2008, the site had a number of articles by Noam Chomsky.[8] Chris Spannos has written for the site.[9] Rene Milan of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called the site a rich source of information about participism.[10]

Founded in 1994, Z Media Institute provides classes and other sessions in how to start and produce alternative media, how to understand mainstream and alternative media better, how to enhance organising skills and knowledge, and how to better comprehend and develop radical theory, strategy, and vision.[citation needed] The institute has hosted Stephen Shalom presentations on parpolity a number of times.[11]

Founded in 1998, Z Video produces videos about politics, economics, foreign policy, and the World Social Forum.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Max Elbaum. Revolution in the air: sixties radicals turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. London, England, UK; New York, New York, USA: Verso, 2002. Pp. 296.
  2. ^ Joshua D. Atkinson, Alternative Media and Politics of Resistance: A Communication Perspective (Peter Lang, 2010), ISBN 978-1433105173, pp. 88-90. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  3. ^ Breslin, Franklin. "The End of Reading in America and Other Related Matters". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Workers getting burned by McDonald's greed". Peoples World. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Street, Paul. "Name That System and/or Work to Overthrow It". TeleSur. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Exit Stage Right (Brexit) and Left (Grexit)". TeleSur. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Stevens, Dana. "Top Gun". Slate. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chomsky's Bio Info". Z Net. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Insurrection Debated". Adbusters. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Milan, Rene. "The Vision Thing". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Doherty, Alex. "The Politics Of A Good Society". New Left Project. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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