2006 Volume 69 Pages 41-56
In my article I analyze first how the playwright Bertolt Brecht developed his famous "Radio Theory", which had been the product of his critical engagement with radio as a new medium. Then, the close relationship between Brecht's theory and the practice of the German citizen media including Open Channels and Non-Commercial Lokal Radios will be discussed. Recently there has been criticism against these alternative media, arguing that they may well be replaced by new interactive media such as Internet. On its contrary, Brecht warns that the technical development does not necessarily support democratic communications-and thus offers an apology for the activities of citizen media, especially concerning media education.