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GIVING CORPORATE MEDIA A RUN FOR ITS MONEY: Indymedia Does Its Job Well
27 Oct 2001
It seems as if the Cable News Network (CNN), the self-proclaimed “world leader of information delivery,” takes careful measures to protect its interests from the likes of nasty, decentralized, non-profit organizations like the Independent Media Center that are composed of regular, working people. (article 1)
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It seems as if the Cable News Network (CNN), the self-proclaimed “world leader of information delivery,” takes careful measures to protect its interests from the likes of nasty, decentralized, non-profit organizations like the Independent Media Center that are composed of regular, working people. (article 1)
GIVING CORPORATE MEDIA A RUN FOR ITS MONEY: Indymedia Does Its Job Well
By Aaron Schlosser

It seems as if the Cable News Network (CNN), the self-proclaimed “world leader of information delivery,” takes careful measures to protect its interests from the likes of nasty, decentralized, non-profit organizations like the Independent Media Center that are composed of regular, working people. In an almost laughably pathetic maneuver, CNN has banned the word “indymedia,” “indy media,” “1ndym3d14,” and so forth, from all discussion on its servers. Any use of the term – even when asking server operators questions about policy – will result in immediate exile.

After all, in the market of information, such an open and democratic forum like the Indymedia should be expected to be a threat to the media monopolies of the United States. And what better place to start than CNN, the American news agency most famous for censorship (the term “CNNsorship didn’t come out of nowhere, you know)? The Indymedia is a threat of monumental proportion, and a threat that could destroy the illusion of “fair and unbiased” corporate news coverage with one simple fact: it refuses to participate in the illusion.

While money-driven corporations like CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, and Fox News filter their information, the Independent Media lets it run freely. While the corporations sell their news, the Independent Media gives it away for free. While the corporations kneel beneath their advertisers, the Independent Media refuses to advertise. While the corporations herald “truth” and “hard-hitting facts,” the Independent Media treats the human mind with respect, effectively saying, “decide for yourself.”

Considering all that, it should be no surprise that CNN should feel threatened by the “competition” from Indymedia, despite the fact that a multibillion-dollar, all-powerful media conglomerate should fear competition from a non-profit, non-hierarchal, democratic, anti-capitalist organization is decidedly pathetic. Or, perhaps it just shows the weakness of marketing everything, and reducing basic communication to a commodity to be sold. By refusing to be marketed, Indymedia breaks through the illusion, and for that reason, I say again: it’s no wonder that they are scared.

Along with this article should be two images: each one shows a conversation I personally had with a server operator (if they upload correctly). In the first instance, I used the nick “indymedia,” which, surprisingly, was allowed. In the second instance, I used the nick “bobby.” As one can clearly see, I was polite, reasonable, and patient.

When the server operator felt that they could not justify their actions, however, they took the cowardly route: they banned me. For what? For asking a simple question, politely and respectfully.

If you ask me, this only further asserts that the Indymedia is doing exactly what it should be doing: giving the corporate interests a run for there money.

No pun intended.

I suggest each of you who read this to try it for yourself.
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