Changes between Version 2 and Version 3 of 2009amc-statement


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Jul 16, 2009, 3:01:16 PM (10 years ago)
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Jamie McClelland
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    99Like all work, alternative media contributes to and supports the work of others. The media produced by people here advances the software, websites and systems constructed to distribute it. And it is there that a choice is made.
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    11 Most of our community is reliant on proprietary distribution systems -- YouTube, Google and others -- that are owned by large companies whose goal is to control communications as a market and to control expression as a product much the same way the mainstream media sells eyeballs to advertisers. With these systems, we give up some of our rights to our own media and we also support systems that aren't open, that are controlled by companies and that can and frequently do engage in censorship and content control without our consent.
     11Most of our community is reliant on proprietary distribution systems -- YouTube, Google and others -- that are owned by large companies whose goal is to control communications as a market and to control expression as a product much the same way the mainstream media sells eyeballs to advertisers. With these systems, we give up some of our rights to our own media and we also support systems that aren't open, that are controlled by companies and that can and frequently do engage in censorship and content control without our consent. 
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    1313There is nothing more poisonous than this situation and there is an alternative.
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     15Activists from all around the world are developing free and open source software, patent-free audio and video formats, and media distribution systems that use these free tools and formats to build a commercial-free, open infrastructure for alternative media. These developments are at a critical stage and need the full support of media makers, techies, and political organizers. With this support, we can truly ''be the media.'''
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     17== What Can I do? ==
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     19 * If you are not already using Firefox for your web browser, download it and start using it (http://spreadfirefox.com). Firefox is free software and supports free file formats.
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