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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Wednesday, 3 January 2007
Welcome to alternative media for Sydney community
Mood:  cool
Now Playing: Moderated web site for community postings
Topic: independent media

Dear community self publishing enthusiasts,

In the absence of a functioning traditional Sydney indymedia site for the time being I've decided to kick this web facility off:

http://sydneyalternativemedia.com/blog

It doesn't claim to be an official indymedia site with all the culture and guidelines for collective open process that involves. It's really just a stop gap measure to apply my self publishing enthusiasm, and to leverage a relationship with the Alternative Media Group, which is essentially non profit and small scale:

http://www.alternativemediagroup.com/

However I will have total editorial control not AMG as such. That is consultation but I paid for it and am the gatekeeper for now anyway.

I am still deciding whether to have it moderated, and in quite what form. But I am quite willing to give it a go for up to a month to see what happens.

This will be a benevolent editorial control of one, me, for the time being but I will see how things go on that score too. The general idea is no breaches of the law regarding colour or creed, gender or sexual preference, and no defamation of individuals. I won't be taking the legal exposure for that.

The background of the editor includes

- community media activist for the last 5 years from deliverying the Sydney City Hub, Bondi View and Sydney City News

- self published website for my own network ecology action sydney with contacts to South America and local environment movement

- junior solicitor in NSW

- support for such community visual media like ARTV programme provider to Channel 31, Community TV station

- active user of Sydney Indymedia and related websites with usually 1 to 3 story or comment pieces per day.

- for anyone worried about empire building, I have to say I eschew a political career these days, also I am a confirmed downshifter which does nothing for my love life.

On legal matters anything here on this temporary site can be reused or copied with or without attribution, for commercial use or otherwise. It's free. One measure of utility is any of it does appear elsewhere as a ripple or echo effect.

Corrections and clarifications will be gratefully received and encouraged as well as vigorous debate.

Priority will be given to original news items. And if space allows useful interesting photographs given so many have digital cameras these days.

I am still learning how this blog based site can be made as interactive as possible and was not entirely sure how to choose the best web name address. But for the humble fee for 1 month I think this web address will do for now.

I have cross linked to the official indy media in Melbourne, Adeliade and Perth in the sidebar. When and if made redundant I don't really mind. Let a thousand flowers bloom is my view.

If there seem to be some rough edges or glitches my apologies in advance. Lets see how we go from here.

Yours truly, Tom McLoughlin community news activist

My own website heavy on environment and related politics is here at: http://cpppcltrust.com/ecologyactionsydney

 


Posted by editor at 11:16 PM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2007 11:59 AM EADT
Tuesday, 1 January 2002
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 ATTENTION - BIG NEWS - An 'Eviction Notice' was served this morning on 'Forests NSW' by sixteen traditional land owners of the Yuin people. (More information soon -23-May-2007)

See Interview with traditional elder.

© Photo - Andrew Brown

Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2007 1:43 PM
Subject: [chipstop] Forest Stand for Gulaga.

Be at Central Tilba this Sunday  May 27 ­ for the  Forest Stand for Gulaga. This is a simple community style event which you can participate in. The Forest Stand is an opportunity for people to come from all over  and show their support peacefully next Sunday.  More info see:

www.tilbalogging.com

Gulaga Mountain needs your help now. It is a special place with important meaning for the Aboriginal community. Its beautiful spotted gum forests are home to numerous threatened species.  Logging of Compartment 3046 of Bodalla Forest (Gulaga Mountain) started on  14 May. You can join the blockade on Punkalla Road, (north of Central Tilba) or help in other ways. Check the website for details.
harriett

 


Posted by editor at 3:00 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007 12:58 PM NZT
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Posted by editor at 3:00 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007 8:37 PM NZT
PM Howard plane crash in the polls

High circulation Sydney Daily Telegraph this last 2 days, which has also been running a determined attack over lack of airport security with two of their journalists facing criminal charges, as here page 3 7th July 2007: Howard 'all talk' on air safety | The Daily Telegraph

Notice in the right hand front page the departure from house style guidelines of inclusion of a question mark. We can't remember the last time we saw the SDT include a question mark in one of their stripped back headlines.

As an example if they had a headline 'Is it a hot day' they would leave off the '?'. We find this annoying enough changing an equivocal to an implied rhetorical, that is, we at the newspaper think its damn hot today, so should you if you have any brains. There is no reasonable doubt so don't be unreasonable or contrary to our implied answer.

This sounds a trivial matter of style, but what about this hypothetical headline: 'Should we go to war in Iraq' with no '?'. We submit removal of the question mark implies the position of the newspaper and the politically acceptable answer of the 70% press controlled News Ltd across the land: "Yes of course we should go to war to stop[choose] WMD/Saddam tyranny/Al Qaeda links". No reasonable doubt about it is the politics in the omitted '?'.

We say the lost '?' at the SDT is another subtle mind fuck of the public.

But what about the Telegraph inclusion of the '?' above? It's probably a matter of context seeking to capture the context of Howard's radio interview and reinforcing his state of confusion on air. In this way the question mark compounds criticism of Howard for losing the polls. Ouch.

On another aspect of Big Media The Australian often seen as rusted on to Howard's Coalition in its polling coverage has an unflattering picture today of the said name forgotten candidate presenting her a bit like a village idiot. As if to say she is intrinscially forgettable. Talk about cruel visual spin.

 


Posted by editor at 3:00 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 13 July 2007 10:51 AM NZT

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