[Imc-communication] UC-IMC the headquarters of indymedia?
ionnek at aktivix.org
Sat May 21 08:05:35 PDT 2005
Although it looks as if urbana champaign are doing a great job locally,
they seem to have a problem in defining their relationship to the wider
"There is over 150 IMCs in 50+ countries worldwide, and this IMC here in
Urbana Champain is the umbrella under which the entire global network
operates. We are in essence, the global headquarters for the indymedia
movement, here in urbana"
The Urbana-Champaign IMC is fairly unique in the Indymedia Network --
being the only 501(c)(3) IMC and operating as the de-facto "global
headquarters" for Indymedia.
Sashas blog: http://www.saschameinrath.com/node/149
So urbana champaign thinks it is the umbrella for the worldwide network
of indymedia centers, and that their new postoffice building is the
physical center of this network? Great. Or is it just megalomania?
One of the differences between indymedia and CNN or other big media
conglomerates is that we _don't_ have a headquarters - to the contrary,
we use the capacity of the web for decentralisation. The only basis for
Sashas claim is that uc imc act as a fiscal sponsor for donations in the
US, i.e. UC imc admins the global finances, which is great. But if that
makes UC imc the headquarters of the global indymedia movement, we are
like McDonalds or any other corporation - headquarters is where the
finances are. Great. I'd be surprised if it is only one individual in UC
imc who takes this stance.
This is crazy. The person who has been posting as Sasha Meinrath on imc
lists seems to be in full posession of his intellectual capacities - how
can he get it so completely wrong, at an important press conference of
all places? Can this really be a slip of tongue? I don't think so.
To blame the mistake on some unexperienced radio volunteer is bad style
at best. The volunteer actually picked up the correct meaning of what
was said. To send an inconsistent correction to this list doesn't make
it any better, to the contrary, it proves that either Sasha or the
entire urbana ch. imc must be, consciously or subconsciously, convinced
that they really are the center of the network. Or is he not aware that
there is a whole world out there which is not Urbana Champain, or even
the United States?
To be honest, I don't care if urbana ch. imc says they respect the
autonomy of local imcs. I really don't need some imc in the US to know
wether my local imc is autonomous or not. In case that's kind of an
etiquette thing in Urbana Champaign, I assure the urbana ch. crew that I
consider them autonomous, too.
I don't need more of these "oh we are so terribly sorry, mistake,
misunderstanding" emails - it was not a misunderstanding or mistake. The
statement is perfectly clear, and it was, for once, a honest and utterly
to-the-point representation of what sasha meinrath and probably more
people in the ubana ch collective think they are. The fact that they
like to refer to themselves as "the imc" is additional evidence for
that. I really want to know what makes urbana ch. think they are central
to the global imc network.
I can't check from here in Europe what's going on in Urbana Champaign,
don't even know if Sasha Meinrath exists or is just a collective email
name that some jerk used to give a radio interview. But at least the
people who just bought that beautiful postoffice (or was that fake as
well?) should have the decency to tell the network of which they seem to
think they are headquarters what makes them think they are.
Maybe we should have this debate on one of their mailing lists rather
than spam our own. I mean, if they are our headquarters, they can
provide at least some server space, isn't it.
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