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  Commercial vs. Independent Content: Power and Scope

Regarding the dimension of their financial and human resources commercial media companies are at any rate much more powerful players than their independent counterparts. Still those reply with an extreme multiplicity and diversity. Today thousands of newsgroups, mailing-list and e-zines covering a wide range of issues from the environment to politics, social and human rights, culture, art and democracy are run by alternative groups.

Moreover independent content provider have started to use digital media for communication, information and co-ordination long before they were discovered by corporate interest. They regularly use the Internet and other networks to further public discourse and put up civic resistance. And in many cases are very successful with their work, as initiatives like widerst@ndMUND's (AT) co-ordination of the critics of the participation of the Freedom Party in the Austrian government via mailing-lists, an online-magazine and discussion forums, show.

browse Report:
The content industry
    The Concept of the Public Sphere
-3   "Project Censored"
-2   Commercial vs. Independent Content
-1   Commercial vs. Independent Content: Human and Financial Resources
0   Commercial vs. Independent Content: Power and Scope
+1   Commercial Media and the Economic System
+2   Globalization of Media Power
+3   Centralization of the Content Industry
Digital Commercial Content