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Independent Media and the Deceivable Majority
04 Aug 2002
What is independent media? I have learned that it is precisely as the phrase indicates, independent. But must this mean that in contrast to mainstream media, independent media should remain on the fringes, perpetually struggling, and never reaching the majority of people?
What is independent media? I have learned that it is precisely as the phrase indicates, independent. But must this mean that in contrast to mainstream media, independent media should remain on the fringes, perpetually struggling, and never reaching the majority of people?
  I began my independent media, InterNation,

with big ambitions. Not only would this magazine function

as a portal to the best journals in the world, but it would

expand such that it would cover the news in the hot spots of

the world, live via satellite, through the

Internet.  The common theme? Using raw

commentary before slick journalism. We would move beyond

the BS- filtered mainstream media for public consumption.

InterNation would ultimately represent more than smart news,

but would help to instigate an intelligent revolution; a

tool to effect news that is untainted by larger media




POWER.    I hired on help. Many more people

visited InterNation than anticipated. Emails came from

throughout the world, encouraging our cause. In the

meantime, the 'local' political realities became quite real

beyond the virtual theorizing on

InterNation.      This was instructive. I

learned that my workplace at the Taylor Arcade (as anyplace

where people gather) is a microcosm of the larger politik

among nations. My immediate political conflict began with

the owner of the restaurant, below my balcony. He had other

uses for my space
(see article),

but I was confident: I would pay my rent, and ignore the

unilateral power play of the Super Power, i.e. the

bully.  In terms of geopolitics, the

restaurant is the center of this building. The restaurant

enables the other merchants within its orbit, more business.

People accept whatever comes of this alliance, good or bad.
  Recently, I asked the landlord why my

attempts to make peace with the people of the Taylor Arcade

hadn't been reciprocated. "You must understand," he said,

"You want to get along with everyone? Then, you've got to

become just like they are." He added that doubtless I am

responsible for what has taken place here, not the

many.    I agreed with him - this is the way

of majorities - and I added, "Simply because everyone gangs

up on someone who is different, does not necessarily mean

that the majority is right."  When the majority becomes a

bunch of pathetic, bleating sheep, what

then?  The majority of the merchants continue

to enlist support from Nick, the bully in the restaurant, to

continue their campaign against me. They are attracted to

him as moths to a light bulb. The phosphorescent light is

artificial, hardly sunlight. But from their meager

perspective, artificial personalities are

secure.     But even Nick, probably himself

wary of this conflict, humored Jason, a friend of mine as he

motioned to my office on the balcony, saying, "I don't know

about him up there, that eye in the sky." I took this for a

compliment.   Later, Jason said: "It's nothing

you've done wrong in the Arcade. You are different, but in

a good way. You respect people. You know why I keep to

myself, and no longer play the game? How I do

it?"  "No, how?"  He smiled.

"Because I can afford to. Otherwise, you've always got to

bend over for those with the big egos, those who think that

all that matters is to be all-powerful, y' know, those that

have a God complex."  Hans Morgenthau, author

of Politics Among Nations, wrote that those (like

myself) who've a tendency to "personalize social problems,"

often demonize their enemies when solutions to conflicts are

far more complex. Yet, later he disparages those

megalomaniac personalities, as Napoleon, or Hitler.

Napoleon rose to power on the tides of democracy, as Hitler

- who was democratically elected into office. Bottom line,

often the majority is uninformed, or worse, looking for an

authoritarian leader whom they feel will protect their

affluence, and security.    As things stand, I

do not have the means to change the geopolitical realities

of this block, not in muscle, not in diplomacy, not even in

soft money! Just kidding. What did I look for? I believed

that even though I am a minority of one at the Taylor

Arcade, perhaps various others throughout the world, seeing

our common thread, would join me. One strand of a rope

cannot hold, but when you add more strands, it is

strengthened and can endure.  I look for

someone to invest in the Taylor Arcade and help me to

continue InterNation.  And from here, take

this cause worldwide! Are you that person?

  ps What do I need to raise? Dennis Kappas,

the landlord, is asking $750.000 for this building, the

Taylor Arcade. This is what I need to raise. This way,

I'll have enough to support InterNation, and add a staff

through the leases people pay for their shops. Think about

it! Large media companies spend untold millions to put out

their mainstream garbage, so tell me, why should Independent

Media be left on the sidelines? Help me to build up a staff

and present an alternative to the filtered news we receive

in the papers. InterNation - and if not

InterNation, INDYMEDIA!
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