Thursday, April 02, 2009

Indymedia Richmond cancelled due to lack of interest

The Independent Media (Indymedia) project is a network of local and regional "news" sites which is, well, let's hear it from them:
Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.
I love that last bit..."tellings of truth". And not just accurate, but radical, too! Heh.

Anyway, Indymedia sites are commonly used to advertise and solicit participation in demonstrations for left-wing causes, so I thought I'd check the Richmond Indymedia site to see if they were planning any festivities to counter the Richmond Tea Party coming up on 15 April. But it seems that if anyone's promoting such a counter-demonstration, it won't be Indymedia Richmond. Their last update is from January 2008, and reads:
The Richmond Independent Media Center website has served as an online news outlet for Virginia since the end of 1999. And now we’re putting the site on pause by turning off open publishing until we can fix the tech problems that have plagued us.

Overcoming our technical challenges is not the only need. For Richmond Indymedia to continue being a passionate media-driven vehicle for progressive social change it needs a core collective of volunteers dedicated to maintaining the site editorially and technically.

[ ... ]

We’re dedicated to keeping this site up even with publishing turned off so that at least the unique and often exclusive news stories it has carried over the years remain available for all to remember, learn from, and be inspired by. Check out our old features (linked at the bottom of this page) going as far back as April 2001 when we upgraded the site, if you’d like a taste or memory of what an open-publishing news site can be when it’s not all spammed out and under-utilized.
One would think that with all those colleges in and around Richmond there'd be battalions of hippies to keep the site up and running and posting drug-induced drivel about the evils of capitalism, Republicans and bathing.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Accidental browsing of indymedia sites in the past has made me very glad that the internet isn't 'scratch`n`sniff'...