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Irish republican media activism since the Good Friday Agreement
Author: Paddy Hoey

Newspapers, magazines and pamphlets have always been central, almost sacred, forms of communication within Irish republican political culture. While social media is becoming the primary ideological battleground in many democracies, Irish republicanism steadfastly expresses itself in the traditional forms of activist journalism.

Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters is a long-term analysis of the development of Irish republican activist media since 1998 and the tumultuous years following the end of the Troubles. It is the first in-depth analysis of the newspapers, magazines and online spaces in which the differing strands of Irish republicanism developed and were articulated during a period where schism and dissent defined a return to violence.

Based on an analysis of Irish republican media outlets as well as interviews with the key activists that produced them, this book provides a compelling long-term snapshot of a political ideology in transition. It reveals how Irish Republicanism was moulded by the twin forces of the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the violent internal ideological schism that threatened a return to the ‘bad old days’ of the Troubles.

This book is vital for those studying Irish politics and those interestedin activism as it provides new insights into the role that modern activist media forms have played in the ideological development of a 200-year-old political tradition.

Paddy Hoey

products, was aimed at spreading its message in times of censorship and broadcasting bans. Its far-reaching attitude towards combating negative mainstream media coverage was to engage with journalists across the world and use emerging technologies like telex machines, photocopiers, faxes and the developing Internet to build understanding of the party and its cause, even in the face of overwhelming opposition.7 The tradition of using wall murals and street art in Northern Ireland as alternative sites of political information began in the 1980s and has become something of

in Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters
Daniel Weinbren

both to be competitive and also to support collaboration. For the OU an important challenge has been how best to appropriate emerging technologies of learning in order to realise the vision of an early honorary graduate, Paulo Freire, that ‘through learning [people] can make and remake themselves’.109 Its ethos has helped to pave the way towards more open intellectual property and data standards, and sharing and remixing for non-commercial purposes. As critical, active readers engaged with texts (which could include broadcasts and web-based material) and as

in The Open University