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"Jen’s piece is just the sort of thoughtful self-criticism that we on the left so desperately need and so seldom see. It’s not always easy to admit mistakes, even to yourself, and it often takes actual courage to confess them publicly. But the benefits of doing so can be enormous. Not only can each of us learn from our own experiences, we can learn from each other’s experiences as well. We all become wiser as a result."—Kristian Williams, author, American Methods

"An extremely valuable resource, and very well done." — Jordan Flaherty, Left Turn Magazine

"An excellent piece. I learned a great deal from reading it. I think it’s a great contribution that lots of folks will find very useful in future projects, and not just media projects." —Max Elbaum, author, Revolution in the Air

About the Author

Jen Angel has been a writer and media activist for over 15 years. Jen's publishing history includes Clamor, publishing the Zine Yearbook, and editing MaximumRockNRoll. She is a founding board member of Allied Media Projects, a non-profit independent media advocacy organization and a contributing editor to Yes! Magazine. Since leaving Clamor, she has worked as a producer for KPFA Radio, and a publicist and tour manager through the cooperative booking agency, Aid & Abet. She blogs on media and activism at
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Product Details

  • Series: PM Pamphlet (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604860227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604860221
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,798,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Generic on April 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Becoming the Media: A Critical History Of Clamor Magazine" by Jen Angel

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Clamor Magazine ran for almost seven years and I tried to read every issue during its run. The magazine, which had a fairly broad audience, was an excellent mix of culture, political essays, and topics you couldn't hear about anywhere else. When it shut down in late 2006, it was a fairly big blow to the small-time publishing industry. When Jen Angel, one of the two founders of Clamor Magazine, put out a history of the project, "Becoming The Media: A Critical History of Clamor Magazine", I was sure to pick it up as quickly as I could. I wanted to know how they could run such an excellent project for so long. I also wanted to understand what happened in the end to kill it.

The founders of Clamor run a yearly conference called the Allied Media Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio aimed at alternative media activists, and it was there, in 2004, that I heard some words that have stuck (or haunt, depending how you look at it) with me for years. In a workshop on how to run an organization, the presenter said something to the tune of "Probably 90 percent of progressive organizations fall apart because of internal conflict, members attacking each other, and not so much outside influences... so I can't really give you much advice there, except to be nice to each other." So how did the group of people who were in charge of Clamor, under enormous pressure, survive those years and still put out such quality work? Jen Angel answered that, what doomed Clamor in the end, and reflections on the whole project in "Becoming The Media".
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By Jack on August 10, 2008
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This is geat inspiration for ANY DIY project. Even if you find yourself have the same issues that eventually brought down Clamor, it's still better than sitting around wathing TV, right?
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