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  •  Couple of points: (0+ / 0-)

    Phil Donahue Cancelled: 2003
    Creation of YouTube: 2005

    People are becoming the media.

    Now, the mainstream media isn't going to always do what we want them to do. You can't just hand them the footage on a platter, you have to build outrage around it, get blogs and twitter campaigning on it, get it going viral, get people calling and writing angrily about it, and that's a whole hell of a lot of work.

    It takes a large and effective organization to achieve these goals.

    Eventually, it's my hope that this wont be the case.

    As for your question, I refer you to two videos posted in my diary. In one, you'll see the black block disabling cameras, in the other, you'll see people who Tim and I knew and interacted with who were anarchists physically assaulting him because he walked by them with a live stream.

    I'm not going to ask you to explain these actions, but we have constant, near constant problems with black bloc folks who attack other protesters and live-streamers. And they may not be authentically black block, but they sure are dressing the part.

    Which brings me back to the point I made in my diary: these tactics don't work. I'm going to wait for AoT to finish his story before I respond fully.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail.

    by OllieGarkey on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:41:53 AM PDT

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    •  The creation of YouTube doesn't have anything (0+ / 0-)

      to do with the fact that corporate media promotes a pro-corporate view point and that these conglomerates use their "news" outlets to further their economic self interest.

      They will not present a narrative they believe will threaten those interests.  They've demonstrated that again and again.

      I've run into my share of self-obsessed "Live Streamers" who routinely shoot people who have asked them repeatedly to knock it off.  I can understand people getting pissed about, although that doesn't justify assaulting anyone.

      It also doesn't support an argument that kids with masks wearing black are a cancer that needs to be excised.

      Your vote is your consent.

      by JesseCW on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:53:41 AM PDT

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      •  "asked them repeatedly to knock it off..." (0+ / 0-)
        I've run into my share of self-obsessed "Live Streamers" who routinely shoot people who have asked them repeatedly to knock it off.  I can understand people getting pissed about, although that doesn't justify assaulting anyone.
        Should anyone participating in a public event have the right to refuse to be photographed?  When the police try to thwart media coverage of their actions, we call it an outrage.  

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