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By amyalexander, Section whatever...
Posted on Mon Apr 14th, 2003 at 08:16:24 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
For the past year and a half, I've been based mostly in The Most Efficiently Run Big City in California. It's got quite a reputation, alright... and its public persona for a gentle mix of conservatism and downright blandness comes not only from its status as a beachy tourist trap + retirement community, but also from its large military population. After all, if the city had a personality, who would come to Sea World? The local economy would crumble. The local mainstream media do their part to follow right along, with reporting that ranges from the astonishingly reactionary to the astonishingly bland. But, there's another side....


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Ok, so most people reading this already know about Indymedia. But somehow, living in a place like San Diego - a strangely isolated city (is it really a suburb of Los Angeles?) it's nice to just know that there is an Indymedia branch here. Not just for providing information and opinion and helping people organize, but psychologically. Wow, living here doesn't have to make your mind turn to mud? This place isn't entirely Stepford? There are in fact unwashed masses of dissenters here out on the street dissenting?

Not to imply that Indymedia is the only alternative media game in town - there are also a fair array of zines and coffehouse publications floating around as well, people posting flyers, and some pirate radio stations popping up now and again... but I can't link as easily to those, and i thought, Indymedia - as maybe the McDonald's of alternate media outlets in a city with a McDonald's-esque public image - could be a good place to start discussing the role of alternative media in places where "dissenting opinion" might otherwise appear to be an oxymoron...

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The other side of San Diego - and other islands | 2 comments
[new] How separate are the different "sides"? (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#1)
by Aileen on Mon Apr 21st, 2003 at 05:31:44 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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Although I usually have the impression that alternative media are aware of mainstream media, the reverse doesn't often appear to be true. If that is the case, is the psychological reassurance that there are "unwashed masses of dissenters out on the street" sufficient, or does that just lead to the formation of different "camps"?
For years I have been having an ongoing debate with my youngest brother about personal bias and perception of the media. My brother is a mechanic in New Mexico, and he experiences again and again that when he goes out for a beer after work with his buddies, no matter how unified the others are in their opinions on current events, my brother can always be sure that he will hear a different interpretation from me in Austria and our brother in England. For this reason, he has become very critical of both mainstream media and alternative media for being just as biased, although in different ways. He claims that a broader choice of media just makes it easier for everyone to find reports that support the opinions they already have, but do not necessarily promote critical thinking or a change in the way people think.

  • snowball effect? by amyalexander, 04/27/2003 09:45:07 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME (none / 0)
The other side of San Diego - and other islands | 2 comments

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