I’m not so sure that the landing of the Huffington Post in Canada is the remedy we ‘progressives’ in this country need. Last year, Arianna sold out to AOL, making it part of the mainstream.
I’m sure the Canadian version will be equally tame and ‘available’ to the priests of conservatism in this country. Ultimately, who ever buys ads on the media, owns the media and Stephen Harper has the deepest pockets right now.
Progressives really MUST think in terms of media and the influence that the right has on everyday citizens. We have to build an effective alternative media network that is financially viable, influential and that ultimately blocks the Conservatives out of the daily reading of all Canadians.
There’s the growing concept of ‘citizen media’, but we need an alternative to the alternative, something that is grass-roots based and respects the opinions of everyone and not just another site or aggregator of broadcasters that could care less about the ideas of … everyone.
We must also avoid linking to and creating content for mainstream media. It’s essential that we shut them off. We’re their power base. Without US, they’re useless. As a reminder, ‘they’ are Bell, Rogers, Quebecor, Shaw, Cogeco, Canwest in Canada and AOL, Fox, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS etc in the US. Online versions of ‘them’ are Google, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, Twitter,
But I’m soap-boxing. Once I get my act together, what I’ll do is start a stump on Wikipedia that provides the same list.
Anyways, until this kind of open media network is built and financially viable, we still have alternatives to the mainstream (albeit ones that are deep-seated in the traditions of talk-down editorial as opposed to speak-up from the masses):
And even more options in North America and the rest of the world:
Think tanks, advocacy groups and social institutions (mostly US):
And then there’s consumption. What sites or companies, co-ops and other organizations do you shop from that make you feel good? Are they local? Fair-trade? Organic? All of the above?
So … it’s a good start, but many of you may agree that it’s not comprehensive. What it all points to is that I’ve been feeling helpless following the election a few weeks ago, but there’s no need for that any more. We own this country and we deserve to take it back, piece by piece if we have to.
I need some help with this because I think it’s the impetus we all need to gain control of the media landscape of this country. Do you have links or stories related to progressive media in Canada? Can you please share your thoughts on who else is doing innovative things here or elsewhere?
Do you have ideas about how we can aggregate all of the above into a truly progressive news feed and source for all Canadians and others who are interested in getting and sharing news without being blocked out or beat up by bossy editors?
Please … really, please … post your thought below.
Mozilla Drumbeat: https://drumbeat.org/en-US/challenges/unlocking-video/full