Building a alt/grassrots media network

The OMN rollout is a 10 step process Rollout a single node to link alt media and share content to 100 sites. More More More Rollout full social taging flows and start the offline backup, start to move away from...

FAQ - why use open websites

We need to get activist to actually use alternative net infrastructure. FAQ Q. Its to complex to use this geek software. A. So was Facebook when it started, almost nobody understood what twitter was for for ages – all new experiences are hard. Its actually ONLY a question...

History of the visionOntv project

The original project was offlinetv and was a online network to setup screenings to bring people together and cross fertilize different radical campaigning groups. I was pushing it as “open” rebooting of the failing undercurrents video activism project. Before this I had been making a...

How to do ethical aggregation and news flow displays

The is an issue of fast flowing (lower quality) news sites dominating over slower flowing (quality) sites on short 5/10 story sidebars on the #OMN To get round this the are a number of options: We only show one item (the latest) from each feed in embed RSS feed flows. This will...

What is the Open Media Network?

It's about human co-operation working with machine aggregation tools. It's a stupidly simple social project using largly existing basic web technologies. - RSS in and out via tag (with de-duping and field-matching). This is it for the technical side of the project. Then...

Power Politics of the "undead left"

I have found memories of fighting the Power Politics of the "undead left" during the London Social Forum many years ago - lots of knotted strings of organic garlic around the top "taking the power table" to highlight the uncomfortable "undead left´s" grasping for power. Then the ad...

The OMN is up for limited roll out

The Open Media Network is coming on, tech is largely working and hosted http://buff.ly/2kRowCl need text made into an outreach doc. Working # OMN sidebar/section on this site http://buff.ly/2knMng8 scroll down to see it on the side and try the links its a news data flow  

In Praise of Idleness …another candle lighted

In Praise of Idleness … another candle lighted.   Hitchhiking – Culture, philosophy and Life By Hamish Campbell 1999 Sociology Department Edinburgh University Acknowledgements I would like to thank the people who helped with this...

Rebooting Alt/Grassroots Media

The OMN Beta is a subset of the full open project. Its a just the linking part. A first step to the data soup and open per2per network. A single node will facilitate existing alt/grassroots media projects to link to each other. This will hopefully, partly overcome the...

Power polatics and the race/gender card

Deal with issues, allowing them to be pushed under the carpet has a cost. The are real issues round gender/race politics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics Then the is a the sad and bad playing of the race/gender "card" that is sometimes used when real issues become...

The OMN an easy project for everyone

The OMN an easy project for everyone Producer groups have to put in minimal effort only puting a linking sidebar on their site and providing a RSS feed into the network. These can be: * Tag based content list “you might be interested in this” * Tag based site link list “blog...

Trust and Media Flows

Am thinking trust needs to be brought back into media. We have been trained like Pavlov dogs to push out stuff on the #dotcons as articles catch our fleeting interest. The are so many agendas pushing news - who is pushing it becomes as important as whats in it. We need to hold back...

Looking at the tech and organising of UK alt/grassroots media

Many people find it hard to understand the underlining understandings that push projects based on flow and linking such as OMN and openweb. Here is a short list of activish projects. Silo Is a place for holding/hoarding closed data – this is used by the #dotcons to extract...

Alt-geek culture is broken - indymedia

An introduction to a "unspoken" problem. Everything is "pointless" in till you do something "that is not", if we keep repeating the pointless stuff were/when is the "that is not" going to happen?   An example of the geek problem can be found in the flowing and fading of radical...

Ruffcuts project

An early copy left project I setup while at undercurrents Ruff cuts MPG1 Video CD-ROM   The project is complemtery to the VHS news video; it entails putting lots of roughly edited news shorts and good video clips on to a computer playerbal CD-ROM.   ...

User story for the OMN - Ana and her Cat Pixy

User story for the OMN - Ana and her Cat Pixy Ana loves her cat Pixie and wants to create a blog with photos and life stories of her cat. All her friends are creating Tumblr accounts but her friend told her about Open Media Network and that she could reach a wider audience....

Draft user storys

More OMN user stores Tabs Troughton Richard Hering John Hoggett Thomas Barlow can you guys have a go at writing versions of these that are readable by normal people - then I can geek up the originals so they outreach to both worlds. if you wont to #reboot the media this is...

Were is value online

Its interesting to think for a moment about how widely posts on the #openweb and #failbook are seen. On #failbook an average post on my time line might be seen/read by 10 people and a dog, a good shared post a few hundred people. On my blog an average post would be a few hundred people and...

Moveing through/past "blocking" in activism

can be hard to keep "bureaucratic" thinking out of activist organizing. We do have ongoing adhock strategys that work fine, but, these have issues with scaling.   This is an unresolved and un-looked at.   Open can help: ...

Where next for grassroots/alt-media?

It's common knowledge that grassroots media is well F**ed and that #failbook and #twitter are the problem not the solution. Where can we go from here? To reboot alt-media (and play a role in rebooting the open web) we need to create an affinity group to cross the geek/political divide that...
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