Alia - Chapter 01
Some of the world's least powerful people are leading the way toward
creative and ethical global media citizenship. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, Indigenous peoples are using radio, television, print, and a range of new media to amplify their voices, extend the range of reception, and expand their collective power. Emerging from the shadows of a shared colonial inheritance, the international movement of Indigenous peoples has fostered important social, political, and technological innovations.
I first used the term, "New Media Nation," in a chapter for Karim
Karim's edited collection on communication and Diaspora (Alia 2003).
Emerging from the international movement of Indigenous peoples,
The New Media Nation is linked to the explosion of Indigenous news
media, information technology, film, music, and other artistic and cultural developments. While its individual member outlets and organizations may be subject to state regulations and control, in a broader sense, The New Media Nation is an outlaw organization. No real "nation" in the political science sense, it exists outside the control of any particular nation state, and enables its creators and users to network and engage in transcultural and transnational lobbying, and access information that might otherwise be inaccessible within state borders.