June/July 2006

Experiments in Radio Topographies

Community Radio Radio and Art Radio in Exile Radio in War

IN 1932, Bertolt Brecth claimed that the "radio is one-sided when it should be two-. It is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out. So here is a positive suggestion: Change the apparatus over from distribution to communication. The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes." Unfortunately, over the seventy-four years since Brecht's treatise little has changed in radio usage, quite the opposite, the radio waves have been hijacked by corporate entities, largely with the aid of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a govermental group once intended to protect indpendent radio programming.

However, the history of radio is global, diverse and contentious. Radio presents a history of corporate power, civil intervention, revolutionary resistance, community advocacy. The available readings and information present just a few examples of th evarious social trajectories of radio.
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