Indymedia and blogs
An Indymedia moderator writes a lenghty observance on Indymedia's role in the blogosphere.
Yes, I'm mentioned. Without insult, I may add.
I think the basic premise of his article is that while bloggers talk and complain, Indymedia spurs people into action.
In the weblog world, sometimes it seems as if debate spurs argument, which itself spurs a hypertext link somewhere else and yet another argument, ad infinitum. On Indymedia, at least in theory, journalism spurs debate, but also action, which in turn creates yet more journalism. For a generation variously written off as politically disengaged, hopelessly post-modern, or both, Indymedia’s embrace of political praxis can be a refreshing antidote to the endless burbling of the blogosphere.
So, to sum up: Indymedia rules, blogs drool.
Sorry, Chris, but you are blowing Indymedia's worth way out of proportion. You can find more jouralism type stories in one hours worth of surfing blogs than you can find in three days worth of surfing every single IMC site.
I don't claim that this site is anything like journalism, but there certainly are blogs - on both the left and the right - that put out media-worthy posts day in and day out. If posting Photoshopped pictures of Bush and hiding posts that go against the Palestinian version of peace can be construed as journalism to the IMC moderators, then perhaps some of them should go back school and learn what journalism really is.
Indymedia has the potential and the reader base to be something important and powerful for the left. By moderating it down to specific ideologies (which not all on the left follow) and dismissing anyone who does not fall in line with ANSWER type activism, IMC is doing a great disservice to those it purports to serve.
My suggestion is to open it up a little more, let people speak their minds and stop making room for every conspiracy theory in the world while censoring posts that are just reporting facts - even if these facts are not ones that you want to hear. Perhaps some real discussion is warranted in those instances, perhaps the comments section on the various IMCs would consist of more than trolls and anti-Semites if you stopped thinking of IMC as a forum for the tin-foil hat crowd and took the real leaders of the left - those who can think beyond conspiracies - seriously.
Just my two cents.