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  •  What's the story behind the name (none)
    it sounds a little strange, I think. Perhaps it would be better with something more "serious" sounding like Objective Media or The New Journalists.

    ePluribus sounds like a project by college nerds.. hey, I've been one myself, but..

    American Talibans and Bin Laden - united in taking us back to the Middle Ages

    by Joe B on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 11:46:17 AM PST

    •  The story behind the name (4.00)
      On the great seal of the United States is the motto "E Pluribus Unum" which means "From the Many, One".

      When we thinking about what it was that all of us following Susan's little venture were doing we realized that it was something extraordinary, a grand experiment, if you will.

      All of our voices, minds and efforts were coming together, working together, to uncover the facts that would help explain Jeff Gannon's connection to the Plame outing.  

      We were becoming a community and more than that, a community of journalists.

      So, when we asked other Kossacks for ideas on possible names for our group, one of them was E Pluribus Unum.  It got me thinking.

      We were creating something, all of us were.  So e pluribus was a great start.  It was certainly coming "from the many". But we weren't looking to be a single anything.  We like and value our plurality.  So unum was out.

      But among what we were creating was community and publicity (as in shining attention on things the other side would wish we ignore).  "Community" and "Publicity" are both possible interpretations of the word Media, something which we and others also recognize as covering the products which we plan to create.

      Thus we got E Pluribus Media.

      So the words do become an accurate portrayal of what we are and do.

      The way we write it, ePluribus Media, has a second important meaning.  The small e is an accepted shorthand for something that is online (etrade, email etc), so this also helps to define us.  We are an online community.  

      In the many, many hours that we have worked together over the past couple of months, I doubt more than a handful if that, have actually met in person. So recognizing that with the way we write our name, is an important clue to others who will learn of us through other venues.

      Some of us are college nerds.  Lot's of us aren't.  We've found the response to our name to be generally positive and memorable.  

      Besides, google and yahoo were taken.

      Support citizen journalism? Be part of the ePluribus Media fund drive.

      by Bionic on Wed Mar 30, 2005 at 12:24:40 PM PST

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