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  1. 1. INDYMEDIA.ORG AND THE INTERNET
  2. 2. INDY MEDIA….
  3. 3. Indymedia.org (IM) is a internet based, grassroots participatory media network in which the audience is the producer. Defined as; “an interactive communication and information process on the World Wide Web, where every reader can be a writer, where the content production is public and can be acted upon before during and after publication” (Platon, S., Deuze, M., 2003, pp.337)
  4. 4. Origins Indy media began as a means of connecting grassroots activist globally. They hoped to be a catalyst for social change. There mission was to provide a news platform that was outside of the traditional mainstream media template. By utilizing web technologies available to them they where able to successfully do this. Indy Media are traditionally associated with the “anti-globalisation” movement.
  5. 5. “BE THE MEDIA” (IM’s slogan) Indy media’s participatory platform enables readers to be producers. It provides an arena in which activists can voice their opinions and proliferate alternative information and also gain a response The slogan ‘be the media’, is used to empower users so they may engage in the participatory structure.
  6. 6. DEMOCRATICALLY SPEAKING… Pickard, V. (2006) argues that IM is an example of “radical democracy” due to their opposition to “traditional hierarchies and participatory politics”. He argues that radical democracy is the most “salient” feature of IM. IM is an example of the internet being used as a democratic medium.
  7. 7. Offering a new media commons; A key feature of Indy Media is that they lack the editorial structure of traditional mainstream media networks. This enables their communications to be more accountable as they have other priorities than profit. Indy media goes beyond the restrictions of news producer to news-user. They are reliant on volunteer work.
  8. 8. Indy media vs. Globalisation Although IM are fundamentally an anti- globalization movement, they rely on the processes of globalization to proliferate their news.
  9. 9. THE INTERNET…
  10. 10. The internet provides the medium through which IM is able to communicate, connect and produce material. The internet is essential to the IM process.
  11. 11. Open Publishing Indy media uses Open Publishing (OP). OP means that the process of creating news is transparent to the readers. The role of the news reader in an OP process is interactive. Platon, S. and Deuze, M. argue that “in theory OP can be seen as an innovative form of using and producing media
  12. 12. Technical Infrastructure The technical infrastructure for IM depends on volunteer work from programmers and system administrators. Hanke, B. argues that “technologies do not come into creation simply to fill a pre existing role, they have social context and are constructed accordingly” (2005) By utilizing web 2.0 technologies IM can use an interactive interface to “amplify local protests to a global level” (Hanke, B. 2005)
  13. 13. THE END

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