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.[citation needed]

Publications and organizations[edit]

Z Communications' has a number of organizations including print and online political analysis.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] It is published in print and on-line. Contributors to the magazine include Noam Chomsky,[3] Edward S. Herman,[4] Mike Kuhlenbeck,[5] Jack Rasmas,[6] Paul Street[7] and Kevin Zeese.[8] Articles written by Chomsky have been republished in the New Statesman.[3][9]

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.[citation needed] 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.[10] Contributors to the site include Noam Chomsky,[11][12][13] Eduardo Galeano,[11] Boris Kagarlitsky,[11] Edward Said,[11] Chris Spannos[14] and Kevin Zeese[8][15]. John Pilger has described it as one of the best news sources online.[11] Rene Milan of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called the site a rich source of information about participism.[16]

Founded in 1994, Z Media Institute provides classes and other sessions in how to start and produce alternative media, how to better understand media, how to develop organising skills,[17] and knowledge of radical theory, strategy, and vision.[citation needed] The institute has hosted Stephen Shalom presentations on parpolity a number of times.[18]

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

See also[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. p. 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. ^ a b Chomsky, Noam. "Judge the US by deeds, not words". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Herman, Edward S. "Krugman, Putin and the New York Times". Dissent Voice. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Workers getting burned by McDonald's greed". Peoples World. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Exit Stage Right (Brexit) and Left (Grexit)". TeleSur. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Street, Paul. "Name That System and/or Work to Overthrow It". TeleSur. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Kevin Zeese's". Z Communication. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Chomsky, Noam. "Is this really a grand Nato victory?". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Stevens, Dana. "Top Gun". Slate. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Pilger, John. "John Pilger prefers the web to TV news - it's more honest online". New Statesman. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Chomsky's Bio Info". Z Net. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  13. ^ ""Good News," Iraq & Beyond, Part 1". Z Net. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Insurrection Debated". Adbusters. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Zeese, Kevin. "U.S.A.: Mobilizing Against Halliburton, the “Poster Child for War Profiteering”". CorpWatch. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Milan, Rene. "The Vision Thing". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Berger, Dan; Cornell, Andy. "Ten Questions for Movement Building". Monthly Review. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  18. ^ Doherty, Alex. "The Politics Of A Good Society". New Left Project. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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