Indeed many past and present social and cultural movements have zines as part of their history for this very reason. Hippies, beatniks, punks and riot grrls have written and self published zines. The punk and riot grrl movements are particularly invested in self publishing because of their do it yourself (DIY) ethic. But even as ‘zines continue to flourish as alternative and subversive publications in online and offling forms, blogs have also created communities that have been coopted to offer alternative ideas.
I will be doing a workshop at the BC Council for International Cooperation next Monday from 6:30-9:30 about the history of zines and blogs and how they have contributed to social movements! This is the cool poster that the BCCIC have put together to advertise the event. I’d love to see some of the blog’s readers out there so please RSVP asap as there are only about 10 spots left!
Zines, Blogs and the Politics of Change”
*With Amanda Reaume, Antigone Magazine Founder and Editor
Presented by BCCIC’s Across Generations MDGWorkshop Series*
Date: Monday, June 25th
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Location: 2150 Maple Street (SPEC building, between6th – Maple in Kits)
Cost: FREE! /Light refreshments and snacks will beserved./
Everyone is welcome to participate in the workshop.Space is limited please RSVP with Carly Teng at firstname.lastname@example.org and or call 604-899-4475.
Visit http://www.bccic.ca for more information.
Here’s a description of my workshop:
First zines and now blogs have become cornerstones of progressive social movements. The backbone of their appeal is the inherent democracy within their self-production. Almost anyone can create a zine or a blog – and through subversive use of these mediums one can communicate and advance politics and beliefs that are not part of the mainstream.
From her role as the editor and artistic director of Antigone Magazine, a feminist zine and blog about women and politics, Amanda Reaume will speak about her own experience writing a zine and working on a blog. This workshop will discuss the history of ‘zines and blogs and give practical advice on how to go about making your own. In fact, the attendees will work together to actually put together their own zine!