Building alt/grassroots media networks to challenge and widen the traditional media

Our current groups doing alt/grassroots media are too limited in there idea of what media could/should be in this the is either a naivety or a dishonesty . The most successful act and think they can be “big media” with out controlling the distribution of there content in any meaningful way. This is of course not unusual, the mainstream media is continually making this same mistake. All of them rely on the the #dotcons which nowadays is largely the Facebook algorithm for the there content distribution.

Our current grassroots/alt media have web sites so already have one foot in the openweb, but non of their sites prominently link in any meaningful way to each other. They do podcasts so anther foot in the open web, but all their effort for outreach is inside the #silos such as Apple itunes etc. it’s hard to directly blame them, though we should and will, for this sorry state.

So why are we here? On the one hand we have the #fashernista embrace of the #dotcons which almost all the current crew built there careers inside. A capitalist main-streaming.

On the other we have the suicidal embrace of #encryptionists complexity and parallel “standardisation” into a pointless/shrinking to nothingness alt-tech ghetto were our alt-geeks are and desire to stay. A liberal/libertarian main-streaming.

With these issues in mind I have been outreaching to these groups for the last year, and building real working openweb linking tech as part of the #OMN project. This currently is not been getting past the crews naivety/self interest/career focused thinking. Fair anufe if that is as far as there imagination/aspiration goes, but this is a clear problem for working alt/progressive/left media that urgently needs to be addressed.

So our current alt/grassroots media are irrelevant to rebooting a healthy society from a technical/social point of view. The is some good content but no realistic path for this media to be seen or spread in a way that can be affective for social change.

One simple and practical path to change this is a basic. To move on with alt/grassroots media producers linking to each other on the #openweb Currently they pointlessly do not do this, even though they have repeatedly stated they do over the last few years.

What action have I been taking over the last 10 years:

1) Keep private messaging them on steps they can take, this works to an extent, as last year I asked them to add more tags to their posts and they “broke” the User Interface on the #OMN software we are using by adding lots more – which is a good problem to have. A small step.

2) Publicly talk to them as a alt/grassroots media group in blog post and their social media – this currently has little affect.

3) Talk to them in public as producer groups – this has had a limited affect with some of the groups, will try this more.

4) Public talk to them as individual’s, this will generally get a private response and little/no action just words so far.

5) Name and shame them as groups who do not link/share with other groups in public, this might be needed for some of the groups, but this is a negative.

6) Name them as individuals within the producer groups and push for linking directly to them in public, name and point to the individual that this is a clear negative #fail a last stage.

Its a shame that this escalation is needed/not working – linking is a clear path to success on the web – the right-wing blogs/producers do this, its a simple #fail that the left/progressive do not now and generally never have link to each other.

“Make the world you wont to see” LINKING is the bases of the #openweb and a strong path to #rebooting the grassroots internet itself. Looking for helpful/happy people to crowed source the active conversation to make this happen, maybe we need a “new” alt-media content #reboot to pull the current ones onto a sustainable path, lead by example.

For this to be relevant we need working open media tech, the best example of this is mastodon/activertypub. The #OMN project uses this and is simple #4opens based on linking, its a “first step”.

Summing up of the #webroots meetings at #nwsk

Summing up of the #webroots meetings at #nwsk

I came away feeling like an alien with the chasm that divides my #openweb view from the Facebook generation that made up the panel and ordnance.

Some thoughts:

As the guy from demo’s said the are better #openweb projects in most areas. Though these options were only said in a few words in passing.

It’s interesting that the has not been a mention of the WWW just the internet. This might be because a company like Facebook is not on the web do a search and you come to a login page, not content you can link to.

As said on the panel legislating for the #dotcons is dangerous for a wider www/internet view. On this positive note they knew they were incompetent for the roles they were playing. That’s a step.

The Open Media Network (OMN)

“We can’t engage as communities, unless we have money. I can’t even express how angry this makes me.” – an activist group using Facebook. People and organizations who feel this way are the initial targets.

https://activism.openworlds.info is an unfettered space for Activists and groups to communicate and https://campaign.openworlds.info a safe space for Campaigning and NGO groups to access their members via #openweb projects.

If you do care about privacy, want to be a conscious user, or otherwise believe in digital freedom https://openworlds.info make #openworlds your default search engine.

Coming soon a whole new #openweb of videos at http://visionon.tv

You can get involved https://github.com/Openmedianetwork its past time to step back to the #openweb

visionOntv Channels guide

Published Date 11/19/10 12:42 PM

Channels guide

Main channels

visionOntv’s 5 main channels are aggregators, which automatically post trusted feeds of quality films from around the world. We manually promote other good films as well. This means there are interesting new films to watch every day. We are in the process of adding new aggregator channels, such as climatecamptvolympics, and noborders.

If any cool films catch your attention, drop us an email at info (AT) visionon (DOT) tv, and we will add them.

Inside each aggregator channel there is a menu tab with the channel name on the far right. Here you will find useful  resources:

Crew – tells you who is a member of the channel community. You can join the community here, to be kept up-to-date and help organise the channel.

Forum – start a discussion about anything which interests you on the channel.

Read the News – digest all the latest text news from selected reliable sources.

Publish – post your own video or text news, and have it syndicated to twitter, facebook and visionOntv’s embeds on sites around the world.

Download – get copies of films for screenings and showing to people or in places without web access.

Resources – all the resources for that channel (logos, music for films, etc)

Channels for embedding

More channels adds a large number of channels covering different topics, places and people. You can easily embed any visionOntv channels in your website or blog here. They will update automatically as new films come online.

Feel free to suggest a stream of content not already covered – write to us at info (AT) visionon (DOT) tv, and you can embed and curate your own channel. If you’ll embed it, we’ll create it. It’s a really cool way for distribution of quality independent films to grow.

End of the internet as a open platform comes much closer

Published Date 11/17/10 5:02 PM

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey anoucment means that the end of the internet as a open-platform comes much closer http://bit.ly/cpDh2j can’t help feeling we are sleep walking into this. Though as the undead of the corporate media is riseng from its coffins – we are seeing the peasants with burning torches in the streets #demo2010 but will site such as #fitwatch still be accessible when we lose #netneutrality and do you think your ISP will allow tools like this http://tcrn.ch/c7Ah15 #Adblock any more? As paula at @fossbox says “well, they’re just handing the entire UK infrastructure to corporate empires – no discussion, no appeal 🙁 “

Its a HUGE problem, at http://visionon.tv we wont to be at the centre of the open-internet debate do you wont to help make this happen – if you do join the site and make it real the DIY way.

Many films on the background to this subject here http://visionon.tv/plugandplay

Activist media and the Value of the URL link

Published Date 10/19/10 4:35 PM

The currency of the web is the link, so by linking to something you are adding to its value.

Regrettably, activists endemically link to corporate media and social networking sites thus adding value and power to these large multinational corporations they are in theory fighting against.

As a recent example (but I could pick almost any), at the CRUDE AWAKENING event on October 16th 2010, video producers put out links to alternative video sites:

http://grassroots.visionon.tv

http://youandifilms.com

And these links were re-posted for a while, but soon most re-postings and linking were direct to youtube rather than to the real producers’ websites.

Why is this a problem? Just to repeat, linking is probably the strongest currency on the web, and anti-corporate activists are too often spending it in the mega-stores rather than the much better social/political experiences of their local cornershops.  We CAN build a powerful alternative to the mainstream if we spend our linking currency wisely.

LINK to alternative media whenever and wherever you can, with a valid link (includes http:// – www is no good). If you like a film, see if you like the films around it, and LINK to that flow of films, rather than a single video. There’s much more value in a flow, for viewers and for producers.

You can also embed alternative media players on your blog or website (for instance http://visionon.tv/embed) and LINK to the urls of those. This is more useful than embedding a single film from youtube.

Valid LINKS and LINKING to flows help to build alternative, non-corporate infrastructure and it’s free.

“create the world you won’t to see”