From Third Cinema to Media Justice

CONCLUSIONS: Beyond Democracy

Without question, the largest contribution of From Third Cinema to Media Justice to my thinking about online feminist spaces is the frequent, intense, sustained attention to violence in its many forms across these many pages and videos: sexual, state, institutional, domestic, and internalized. While feministonlinespaces has quite a bit to say about the Internet as an “unsafe space” often dominated by aggressors and norms of behavior that can support or escalate potential threats, From Third Cinema to Media Justice holds work that sits in, mediates upon, and carefully analyzes the many spaces and experiences of lived violence. Their work links this attention to violence with associated political goals of being heard, articulating experience, healing, demanding justice, and linking manifestations of violence to other forms of systemic oppression.

Another significant difference between Third World Majority's work and my own circulates around process, interaction, and control within this space. The invitation by Kara Keeling and Thenmozhi Sounararajan to author a Dialogue gives me, and the other authors so invited, maximum control and voice within this space (as much as once had the authors and mediamakers we study from and interact with here), but this space itself is not radically open to others’ similar interventions. Why, we might want to consider? What would that level of access and interaction allow, and what might it close down?

Finally, I found little writing in this publication about the ideals, processes, and vocabulary of "democracy," and I believe that this absence serves as a shining testament to the more radical political histories and theories that ground this project's output. Media Justice Now!

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