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][4] Edward S. Herman,[5] Mike Kuhlenbeck,[6] Jack Rasmas,[7] Paul Street[8] and Kevin Zeese.[9] Articles written by Chomsky have been republished in the New Statesman.[3][10]

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.[11] Contributors to the site include Noam Chomsky,[12][13][14] Eduardo Galeano,[12] Boris Kagarlitsky,[12] Edward Said,[12] Chris Spannos[15] and Kevin Zeese[9][16]. John Pilger has described it as one of the best news sources online.[4][12] Rene Milan of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called the site a rich source of information about participism.[17]

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,[18] and knowledge of radical theory, strategy, and vision.[citation needed] The institute has hosted Stephen Shalom presentations on parpolity a number of times.[19]

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

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