Saturday, January 22, 2005


Another Indymedia bites the Dust

Brisbane Indymedia walks warily down the street,
With the brim pulled way down low...

I previously reported on Indy Media sites imploding and self-destructing.

Brisbane Indymedia has since "been disaffiliated from the global Indymedia network" ostensibly due to failures to uphold the IMC principals of unity.
The Rat Pack reports on the internal strife and unprofessionalism that led to the situation, but adds:
that still doesn’t change the fact that only about six people read Brisbane Indymedia in the first place.
(Hat Tip: House of Wheels)

These Principles of Unity which apparently were breached state the following:
10. All IMC's shall be committed to the principle of human equality, and shall not discriminate, including discrimination based upon race, gender, age, class or sexual orientation. Recognizing the vast cultural traditions within the network, we are committed to building diversity within our localities.
As far as unity goes, see how united they are at the Brisbane page debriefing 'what happened'. Don't get me started on discrimination or even localities which rarely extend outside the US or Israel.


On this basis it would of course be reasonable for every other Indymedia site I have reported on will to be 'excommunicated' for breaching the Principles. Not that this would happen of course, the hypocrisy, amateurishness and downright stupidity prevails. I welcome any Brisbane or ex-Brisbane Indymedia types to comment.

Normally when you kick an anthill, dozens more pop up nearby a short while later. If the ex-Brisbane types do end up forming a breakaway site or project, might I suggest they don't subconsciously or deliberately emulate what they have left behind. Look at this as an opportunity to do something worthwhile. Most if not all of Indymedia simply isn't and should hear my:

First Annual Call for Indymedia Seppuku.

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