Indymedia was set up to fill a void in the corporate media. An idea I thought long overdue. Unfortunately, as a largely unmoderated, unrestricted medium it was promptly over-run by bigots, trolls and Nazis confusing free-speech with hate-speech.
I believe the Indy Media experiment has failed. As Indymedia claims it keeps the corporate media honest, I decided it was time someone watched Indymedia instead. Be careful... You may not like what you see.
There was a time, not so long ago, when you would have had to trek down to Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park or rub shoulders with the weird anti-Semitic guy at your workplace if you wanted to hear conspiracy theories. The idea that political events or interventions were the work of some wicked conspiracy, orchestrated from behind the scenes by Freemasons, or 'The Man', or a powerful Jewish lobby out to control our minds and our spending habits, was the preserve of a cranky and usually right-wing minority.
Now, however, conspiracy-mongering has moved from the margins to the mainstream, and it masquerades as investigative journalism. Today it tends to be journalists - often liberal and left-leaning ones - who are constantly on the lookout for a conspiracy, for the big bad puppet-masters who are allegedly controlling things from a suspiciously safe distance.