Democratic Television in the Netherlands: Two Curious Cases of Alternative Media as Counter-Technologies

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    For this article, the authors retrieved two curious cases of non-conformist TV from the archives of the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision. Being made in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the two cases represent an alternative history of broadcast television in the Netherlands. Whereas Neon (1979–1980) aimed to establish a punk-inspired DIY video culture, Ed van der Elsken (1980, 1981) strived for an expressive amateur film culture. The authors propose to regard these cases as two different experiments on participation in and through media. By conceptualising amateur film and video as counter-technologies, the discursive expectations around their democratic potential can be explored further.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-37
    Number of pages18
    JournalVIEW, Journal of European Television History and Culture
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 9-Sept-2015


    • counter-technologies
    • alternative media history
    • media participation
    • media archaeology
    • democratisation
    • broadcast television
    • amateur film and video
    • punk project
    • personal cinema


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