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The way forward - some simple social/technical solutions

* Nurture basic journalism/story telling skills in alt-media to make better outreach media. LINK

* Linking is key, link to alternative resources where ever you can, the easiest way of competing with corporate news sources is by building a web of connecting linked alt-news sources.

* Aggregation is a way to make decentralisation work.

* Have the main way of inputing to any alt-project at a local level then let the content work its way up to the top of subject/geographic aggregation sites. While always keeping the valid link back to the original source. I know its hard but try and avoid building consensus/bureaucratic publish from the top sites/projects where possible.

* QUOTE “content is just something for conversation” This opens the question of where does the interaction around content take place – this is still a unresolved issue and needs more thought and technical work – for now a diversity of strategy is probably the best way forward. While always keeping the valid link back to the original source.

* This is a controversial point - ONLY use the corporate social media solutions for link building and feeding people into contempery media projects – corporate social media solutions should be avoided as much as possible as original sources of distribution. DO use them and abuse them but its a common mistake to build real companies and communities solely within them. Its easy, publish on a alt-newsite site/blog then publish a link on facebook and twitter, you can use tools that do this automatically.

* Be open to using all tools, but try and come down on using free/opensource and open standards were possible. For two reasons

1) there is an opportunity for people to build things with opensource and openstandards using your project that you DIDN'T think of – this is actually where almost all innovation on the web comes from.

2) all corporate tools are bound up with the need to create profit before functionality and user experience so in the end they all have to sell out and focus on profit before users/content, its just a matter of time, the ones that don't follow this line run out of funding and all your work vanishes anyway.

* RSS and Creative Commons are your friends, use them well in every project you create.

That's really it, let's work together to use the “digital hole” undermining corporate media “to replace it with something nicer” its really not that difficult. Let's all Link and Aggregate based on open standards.

Hamish Campbell, (typed while) camping in the forest at the beach in the bay of Biscay.

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Posted on 24/11/10 17:31.

Activist (media) strategy is broken

This is the state of the #stopG8 twitter account as the main convergence center is raided by hundreds of police:

Using individual Facebook accounts - who sees the content they post is decided by the advertising driven algorithms of Facebook and everything they post is sent strait to the corporate and governmental agency’s they are fighting against. 

The website they have built is not only dysfunctional (it only allows corporate embeds of video all opensource or activists embeds are blocked - only google owned youtube works) it's a control freaks love affair and a re-creation of the Soviet Union.

UPDATE: the video embed whent up in the end

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Been looking at several of your posts to try to see where you are coming from when you say these things are broken. I agree they seem broken, but I think I probably mean different things by that. (No harm in that. )
I visited an open meeting prior to the anti-G8 to see the lie of the land. I decided, based on that admittedly brief, but not cursory, look at who was doing what in what manner, that I did not trust the structure, so to speak, enough to associate with them for anything other than this brief open meeting.
Posted on 19/06/13 17:29.
.....By which I don't mean to say I am incapable of trusting others. Nor that they were bad people. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say they did not inspire me with confidence that they had a plan and were capable of carrying that out. So, in terms of brokenness, activists' own projection of themselves and of their project, failed to enlist the support of someone predisposed to support. This is brokenness prior to the brokenness you refer to, no?
Posted on 19/06/13 18:46.
Yes actavist process is broken as well as tech
Posted on 23/06/13 13:57 in reply to Diamind.

I love this image, it says so much about geek/lifestylist's


I love this image, it says so much about geek/life stylist's that push bad technology down peoples throats till they vomit and go back to such black holes as facebook and twitter (though twitter at least is open). 
And the solution doesn’t lie in single user blogging platforms such a wordpress as they aren’t designed to scale (when you add the needed plug-ins) to challenge corporate solutions. 
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answered Oct 18 '10 at 20:11
I've tried a lot of Open source solutions and I would like to highlight only two of them:
About: BP is created upon the WordPress Engine, with tons of features but still has some missing. Pros: it is really easy to set up and customize, there are plenty of plugins if you're not wanting to mimic absolutely every feature Facebook has. Cons: it's kinda not fully optimized for large amount of traffic, since its a pack of plug-ins built on WordPress (so it has to make some strange and twisted ways to get some things done).
It's the only REALLY open source social community "a la Facebook" app.
Pros: You have ALL the features you would like, videos, photos, events, etc. It's VERY similar to Facebook.
Cons: It's not so-easy to customize... not so so hard neither. It's still not fully optimized for large amounts of traffic, but still it's much better at that problem than buddypress.
Depending on your developing skills i would recommend elgg (if you are better than worst) :)
But, give them a try, they're the best apps (except for the ones one can make for oneself).
Hope I had helped!
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We went with as it is proven to scale, though it has its own configuration issues that we are slowly working through.
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Lets make opensource tools - the mediaplayer

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