[Imc-unity] Fwd: [IMC-Process] Re: Membership criteria - physical space?
Fri, 16 Nov 2001 21:42:31 -0800
not sure if this really goes better in the criteria department, but
since there isn't an active working group working on them (not new
imc), i'm sending it here. my suggestion to strypey was that he
should email this list with something. perhaps we don't want to
codify this because of the obvious reasons, but that we encourage
people having physical centers because of the reasons he mentions.
which i agree with. but i also agree with that we can't force that
because for many imcs getting the virtual site is a first step and i
think it would really slow down the energy/movement of this project.
>From: Strypey of Aotearoa <email@example.com>
>X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
>Subject: [IMC-Process] Re: Membership criteria - physical space?
>List-Id: IMC Process and Decisionmaking Discussion
>Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2001 23:51:12 +1300
>6/11/01 19:09:57, Sheri Herndon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>i completely agree that having physical centers is a great thing and
>>a resource and can really inspire alot of media making, organizing
>>and creativity. all good things. but i would be against making this
>>a criteria because it would eliminate alot of the great work that
>>happens virtually and the accompanying organizing that happens
>>because of having to work collectively on a site.
>The problem here is one that has been recognized elsewhere in Indymedia
>discussions - that those with computers, internet access and technical
>knowledge end up with more influence over (and use of) the Network and its
>development that anyone else. The result is a 'technocracy' that appalls the
>techs and one we must consciously work to avoid.
>A criteria requiring a physical space commits the aspiring IMC to attempt to
>bridge the 'digital divide', to provides computer-less locals with a place to
>access the online facilities of Indymedia, to take some of the exciting
>information that the web aspects of Indymedia allow to be circulated and
>channel it into other non-digital media formats (print, radio etc). Finally it
>constitutes proof that they have a strong enough core group to maintain an IMC
>(already a criteria) and provides a venue for the IMCs meeting which (again
>according to existing criteria) must be open to the public.
>An explanation for Dubya:
>"Gullible, confused, hurting, struggling people can be led along almost
>anywhere by an apparently knowledgable authority figure."
>Offence cannot be given it can only be taken.
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