The Source of Truth has Many Faces

Until I read Dorothy Kidd’s 2003 article, The IMC: A new model, I didn’t know anything about the Independent Media Center.  “Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.”

Despite hacking and abuse, they forge on, working “out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media’s distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.”  The site isn’t slick or all that easy to read, but from what I have learned in a quick review, I will now follow it, and start sharing through my social networks. Through a network of committed volunteers with like values and attributes, they continue and evolve.

The IMC is a different activism than that of Julian Assange and the Anonymous group. Assange claims to have enlightened Anonymous about the world and gained them in his ‘battle.”  I find these groups, by using threats, shock and fear in their efforts to educate the public and bring governments, military, banking and media powers into line, to be demonstrating and exemplifying the very behaviour on which they shine a light.

To some, as founder of WikiLeaks and a “stateless news organization,” Assange is a hero. To others, particularly those with the most power, Assange is a rogue, a “high-tech terrorist.” Assange is a marked man. If Assange is silenced, will others carry the WikiLeaks torch?

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