About this site
I created this website to help progressive media activists develop
thoughtful discussion focused on creating interactive (and democratically run)
news sites targeted at a mass audience and determined to
seriously challenge the near-monopoly of the news maintained
by the ruling bourgeoisie.
The development of such news sites will involve discussion of (and experimentation with)
many different political and technical principles, methods and design philosophies.
I would like to see this site encourage and contribute to these efforts
as well as to help develop a comprehensive overview of activists' work
on this vital front.
Progressive activists need an interactive (and democratically run) news site
that works better than Indymedia
(ie: has a higher signal to noise ratio, a larger variety of input
and is democratically run by readers).
What would such a site look like?
How would it function?
How will we create it?
Readers will rate
posts and comments
1. Readers will vote on what news items
will be featured in the center column
2. Readers will vote on the rating
assigned to each news item
3. Readers will vote on the rating assigned
to each comment on each news item
Each readers will choose
her own filter
4. The ratings voted on by readers will be used
to create many kinds of filters to help
readers survey and read
the large number
of news items and associated comments.
5. Each reader will choose what kind of filter
(or filters) she wants to use to find the
interesting stuff and
filter out the junk
6. Each reader (or group of like-minded
readers) will have the ability to create
her own filter by making use of the rating
decisions and filters of others who they
trust or tend to agree with.
7. Each filtered view of news items (and
comments) will be accessible via
a web address reserved for that filter
(ie: a unique "front page" for each filter)
so that readers will be able to go to the site
and see what they want without having
to see crap that they don't want to see.
8. From the above it follows that
Revolutionaries and reformists and
right-wing jerks (but not organized racists
--this project will exclude them) will all be
able to create their own unique
front pages featuring the news articles
and comments that they believe
are worthy of attention.
9. (Note: some people may think that the
above arrangements will reduce useful
interaction between political trends. I
consider this to be unlikely. What will be
reduced is unproductive interactions
or useless squabbles. Productive
interactions (ie: thoughtful, well-written
analysis and comments from all trends)
will receive good ratings and be widely
circulated thru many competing filters.)
Sources of news
10. Sources of news items will initially
consist of material that is cut and pasted.
11. As RSS (ie: Really Simple Syndication)
becomes more popular the site will
receive, summarize, rate and filter
a large volume of RSS feeds
12. Sources of news items will include:
(a) mainstream (ie: bourgeois) sources
such as the New York Times and
the Wall Street Journal
(b) progressive, radical, anarchist
and marxist oriented articles from
leftist newspapers and journals
(c) political articles from a wide variety
of political trends
(d) articles on economics, technology
and culture from many sources.
(e) RSS feeds (as they become available)
from well known bloggers and from
independent news services and
comment boards such as
Testing and promoting principles
13. The aim of the project will be to inspire
(and assist) other interactive news services
to make use of some of the principles
that have been developed and tested here.
All software scripts (and article and
comment databases) for the project
will be in the public domain.
http://struggle.net/Ben (my elists / theory / infrastructure)