New Media Frontiers is a group blog belonging to the Malmö Högskola Blogg Sites.

New Media Frontiers explores on and off-line influences and drivers of social change; the relation between activism and passivity, forms and forums of activity and the voices and interests operating across these.

Our title derives from Leivrouw’s (2014, originally 2006/2008a) pipeline and frontier visions of the internet. Rather than the pipeline or center views which are ‘“factories” for the manufacture and distribution of cultural products intended for consumption on an industrial scale….property and gatekeeping, production and consumption.’

The frontier or edge view consists of ‘venues for participation, speech, interaction, and creativity, and considers the vast and growing archive of media products and content as a trove of resources to be re-fashioned and re-presented by users’.

We adopt the values of this perspective ‘reputation, credibility, creativity, reciprocity, voice, and trust as well as ownership.’ But critically so, acknowledging the, sometimes visible but often concealed, barriers of this digitally networked culture.

Images are selected either for direct commentary and criticism (reproduced under fair-dealing) or are illustrative, as the header image is. This night view of the India Pakistan border (NASAs license-free resources) presents both Meta and micro narratives that illuminate the human world, technological confluences and exclusion, and frontiers.


Lievrouw; Alternative and Activist New Media Introduction, Wiley, 2014

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