Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of 2009amc-statement


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Jul 16, 2009, 4:31:59 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.
     
    2121 * If you are not already hosting with a progressive provider, switch to one. There are plenty around the world. If you are not sure how to find one, ask around or email {{{info@mayfirst.org}}}. Remember: every time you email a link to a commercial provider you are sending an embedded advertisement for that provider.
    2222 * Join the movement. Join May First/People Link, the activist, membership-based Internet provider (http://mayfirst.org). Join the Transmission Network to build a free and open video distribution system (http://transmission.cc). Join the Information, Communications and Technology Committee of the US Social Forum to help build media tools for an active campaign (http://ict.ussf2010.org).
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