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 Correspondences2003-05-26 13:48
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by Flemming Funch

Mitch Ratcliffe mentions the new correspondences.org that he's one of the originators of. From the mission statement:
No one can tell a story better than the people who participated in events. Whether you witnessed a crime, suffered a catastrophe or sat through a performance, you've got something to say about that experience. That's the essence of journalism. Our experience is that, tempered by editorial hands, those stories are the meat of existence from which we can all learn and in which we can share, no matter what the background and beliefs of the people involved might be. Sharing our stories makes life matter. Keeping to ourselves, accepting the stream of commercial messages into our homes and lives is only one way to live in a connected world, and Correspondences.org wants to give voice to the other, egalitarian way. Read and listen, watch, think and comment. Act through your intelligence, not just your choice in the supermarket.

We're supporting text, photographic, audio and video submissions -- all you have to do is send a message to have your account established and you'll be on "staff." We won't be able to pay you, but we will vouch that you have an outlet to publish through in order to qualify as "press" whenever possible. We make no warranties and will act to remove libelous material, but virtually anything goes as long as it is your honest reporting or opinion about what is happening in our world -- remember that you own your own words, with all the responsibilities that go with that power to speak, to publish, to broadcast.
Now that is intriguing. It shouldn't really be. It should be obvious that people who are *there*, who experience something newsworthy, will report on it. And, of course, anybody can make their own weblog and say whatever they want. But there still seems to be a general scarcity of in-the-field reporting from regular folks who don't just have an axe to grind. What I'd be most interested in would be the really matter-of-fact stuff. You know, "I was at ___, and I saw ___, and I heard ___ say ____". The kind of stuff that would counter-balance the spin of the corporate media.


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26 May 2003 @ 14:08 by bushman : :}
I like it.  


26 May 2003 @ 14:43 by Jon @216.113.202.62 : Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite
Now this is cool. Seems like an honest, and honest-to-goodnes end run around the spin of hierarchy and control exercised by corporate media and by the status quo power structures.

In France, another of the great homes of democracy, the motto is quite different than "In God We Trust". Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood - seems very suitable for the possibilities afforded by the digital infrastructure that is emerging and converging.

Another "thin-edge-of-the-wedge", methinks. Another part of the platform leading to "emergentism" and "wirearchy" ??  



26 May 2003 @ 15:18 by ming : thin-edge-of-the-wedge
Ah, I like that metaphor. Just a little inconspicuous edge that slides in, and paves the way for something more significant. And, yes, some other places are quite a bit more used to democratic process than the United States is.  


26 May 2003 @ 15:28 by bri_outten : terrific site
Shame for us 'euros' that its largely US based!
Great quotes on the 25/05 on Environmental Scam!
Nice one
Cheers  



26 May 2003 @ 20:17 by Mitch Ratcliffe @12.229.92.83 : godsdog@ratcliffe.com
Correspondences is open to everyone. Join it. Wherever you are there you are and people need to hear from you.  


27 May 2003 @ 12:59 by sharie : Thanks Ming
I appreciate how you keep us informed of so many diverse innovations, inventions, discoveries, and *stories*.  


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