Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Demise of Indybay
IndyBay is now a wasteland. The hidden comments section is GONE. Screw dialogue, they say, lets have diatribes...from one side. What is the point of this, and how is it in the spirit of open publishing, work towards peace, understanding, tolerance, and freedom of informatiom? I haven't the foggiest.I have said this from the beginning, about Indymedia in general.
The Left of Northern California is now officially deprived of open publishing IndyMedia...IndyBay is gone, and Santa Cruz...well that's a topic I ought to write more on, some other time. They have shut out Becky Johnson, fabulous journalist and effective activist, because she has written in support of Israel. Listening to their interviews is disgusting...a bunch of self righteous pricks, really, who ask the same question over and over again after being proved irrelevant.
They can get one million visitors a day, and still have nothing but lousy reporting and inflammatory propaganda.
Well if that's what megafauna's point is, then perhaps he should speak more clearly. Most people do not think of quality issues when they read the word "demise". Besides, megafauna is merely complaining about not being about to post to the site, so he apparently egotistically equates a lack of his posts there as demise, or a quality issue. That's rich. But now he has his own blog, so his high-quality whines can breathe
SF-IMC didn't die immediately after nessie took it over and adopted his Il Duce editorial style. I don't expect Indybay to suddenly drop off the edge of the cliff either. But the no-dissent-allowed stance will inevitably cause the same long, slow fade that it did to SF-IMC.
You mean *this* nessie?
When it comes to Becky Johnson, I have to cast myself in the "I don't like what you say but I will defend your right to say it" camp. I may even provide editorial space for her on my leftist website http://www.pagesincolor.com provided I can find someone to write the opposing point of view.
The latest flap over her apparent attack on the Street Spirit is bogus. I have first hand knowledge that she does not support turning the American Friends Service Committee over to the IRS for their inappropriate activities that are technically ilegal for a 501c3 to do under IRS rules. She actually supports some of the AFSC activities in question. One of her supporters fails to make this distinction, so she takes the heat for "attacking the AFSC".
I did anticipate this turn of events when prior to this occurrence I received her assurance that she would not attack the Resource Center For Non Violence non profit status in a similar way in response to its hosting of santa cruz indymedia meetings that she was thrown out of. She supports some of the work that the RCNV does, though she broadly dissagrees with their positions on Israel/Palestine.
As for my own experience with Indybay.org, I have found that they do not tolerate my posting comments critical of them or of their editorial decisions to delete/censor other posters' comments. Some of my comments that are merely a litle bit self reflecting about the activities of other activists have also been censored. In response to this, I have taken to occasionally posting only titles and links to Indybay for articles that I have duplicated on Pagesincolor.com, rather than posting the entire article. Sometimes comments are posted to my blog and linked from indybay, but not consistently yet.
Noted now too is the fact that Indybay has recently removed the feature that allowed the total number of comments submitted to be compared to the number of comments actually displayed. I guess their historical myopia is now equal to a person who is legally blind.
I wish I had taken Gerhig for some cash on his predictions now that this site is the one with "demise" hanging over its storefront.