[www-features] amny thanks again / Re: israel / japan pieces
petros at cyprus-org.net
Sun Jul 13 13:13:54 PDT 2008
> hi folks, on friday both of these pieces were posted at once:
> just now i updated the date on the israel piece, so that it has some time
> on the top of the site.
Thanks, that's an excellent solution!
Whenever we faced the same dilemma in the imc-cyprus editorial group we
did the same: post two or three articles and then rotate them for a few
hours or days so that each could take some time being "on top".
Thanks again, I feel that this level of sophisticated problem solving
shows a sensitivity and care for the mission of imc that I have not seen
For example, during the Summer War that Israel launched against Lebanon
(2006), when our imc colleagues, friends and lovers in Lebanon and in
Gaza were being bombed and we (cyprus imc) were begging imc global to
post a Feature about the events, the Feature article was published with
a few days' delay, and then immediately within a few hours another
Feature was put "on top" that effectively buried it.
This may sound like petty bitching - except I mean it as praise and
gratitude for Amy's simple solution of the same problem in the present
time, and committment to see it through.
The example from the Summer War is also a complaint about the bigger
indymedia picture, directly related to the sort of uncaring attitude and
systematic "antipolitical" behaviour exhibited by many of our Western
European and US -based imc colleagues, resulting in indymedia losing its
organic connection with most of the struggling communities in the Middle
East *and* to the local imc groups there.
I believe that with good will, creativity and committment - shown by the
approach Amy took here - we can reverse and solve these problems.
Additionally, what gives me more confidence now is seeing that even
though only two or three individuals are currently shouldering the
duties of posting Features at the global imc site (I most often see
Bradley, Amy and less than a handful of others doing this), we have
*less* of those problems now than before. I'm not in favour of the "less
volunteer staff" approach, but I'm happy to see the higher quality -
what we're seeing is "less but better"! The problems I mentioned above
occured during a time when there was a lot of activity on the editorial
collective's email list, and a large number of individuals actively
shouldering the duties of posting Features. All this is visible from the
archives for that month:
Anyway, thanks again - this step goes a long way to rebuilding trust.
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