Somebody always beats me to my good ideas. I had this note scribbled down where I wanted to launch an online media outlet where anybody and everybody could upload their media, and no matter what it was, it would be available through the outlet forever – an embattled safe ground for these days of quickly eroding First Amendment Rights and media outlet consolidation.
I didn't know how I'd ever be able to afford it, so I can't really say that I'm unhappy that somebody beat me to this particular idea. Archive.org is one of the bodies throwing its weight behind this new project Our Media. It is a bit troubling however that all the buzz today has apparently taken the site offline. Let's hope they can get a bigger server cluster to match demand.
I really do think we desperately need a safe haven for independent media. You aren't going to hear dissent coming from the news outlets owned by a shrinking number of multi-billion dollar corporations.
The day could actually come that all the bandwidth on the internet is upstream or even directly owned by a few giant corporations. (Is that day already here?) They might then squash independent and dissenting content online. We need the equivalent of a PBS on the internet, something where the weight of each individual independent content source on the internet is consolidated into a force that can actually compete against the corporate conglomerates.
My plan was to start online and then go offline into print and television. I think it'd be cool if Our Media goes that route as well. Multiple outlets for independent media would be a good thing.
That's it hippy - im digging out the mace and riot gear, free speech my ass.