Archive | August, 2003

RFPI In Talks To Stay Put

Back on July 21, Radio For Peace Int’l, a global community shortwave broadcaster in Costa Rica, was surrounded by guards and threatened with eviction by its landlord, the UN chartered University for Peace. As I reported on last Friday’s radioshow, although they station and the University agreed to sitting down for talks on Aug. 11, the station remained locked down and guarded.

According to the RFPI website, both sides did sit down yesterday and agreed “that the two organizations will enter into conversations for the next 76 days, ending on 31st October.”

In a July 31 statement, the station says that it has experienced no problems with the University for Peace until the current administration of Maurice Strong, a billionaire businessman, who is Senior Advisor to the United Nations, former senior advisor to the President of the World Bank, and a director of the World Economic Forum Foundation, whose stated aim is to promote entrepreneurship in the global public interest.

RFPI says that there appears to be a conflict of ideology between the stationÂ’s unchanged philosophy in programming, which takes a critical look at globalization and its social consequences, and the latest University for Peace administration.

A Save RFPI website has been set up by supporters.

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Friday’s Mediageek Radio Show: Portland Independent Publishing Resource Center

Friday’s mediageek radio show is now on-line. It features an interview with Pablo De Ocampo, the director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center, along with the usual media news headlines.

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    Documenting Indymedia – The Personal

    Rabble is answering questions about his involvement in Indymedia for someone’s thesis and posting his answers on his Anarchogeek blog. He’s keeping his answers necessarily brief, though comprehensive enough to be enlightening for the casual reader, like me.

    He’s only 3 questions in (out of 18), but already I think posting his answers on his blog helps provide some needed context and history of the Indymedia movement. What’s nice about these questions and answers is that they don’t attempt to result in a definitive history, but rather the history of one person’s experiences. That’s valuable both by itself, and also within a larger context if more people add their stories.

    The power of Indymedia is that it encourages and enables a diversity of stories and responses on the news (and about what the news is) rather than attempting or requiring a single authoritative so-called “objective” version. It is only appropriate and most useful that documentation of Indymedia be similarly diverse, discursive and dynamic.

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    An LPFM Summer

    Low-power FM radio crusader Don Schellhardt has the newest installment of his column series “Amendment One” up over at The topic is the “LPFM Summer,” urging all supporters to take two steps:

    “The 2 steps are: (1) writing or Faxing the Washington offices of your 1 U.S. Representative and 2 U.S. Senators, during a Recess period when staffers are less busy, distracted and/or pre-occupied than usual; and (2) calling the local offices of the same legislators to arrange personal meetings with them, while they are back home. Show ‘em they can leave Washington, but they canÂ’t escape the heat.”

    Don talked about this initiative on the July 25 edition of the mediageek radio show, which you can listen to on-line.

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    The Geek Is Back from the Porland Zine Symposium

    I’m back in Champaign and had a good time in Portland, even considering it was a 2.5 day train ride to and back.

    The Zine Symposium was cool — I suspect it’s become more successful and popular than the organizers dreamed. Like similar conferences I’ve been to, the individual workshop sessions are kind of hit and miss, but the opportunity to meet and hang out with like-minded folks is real attraction for me to begin with. A main feature of the Symposium was a big exhibition hall, where zinesters and other indy media makers showed their wares. I shared a table with Aj from Low Hug and the Urbana-Champaign IMC Library. I’m glad that the Symposium organizers set aside all of Friday for people to browse the tables and mingle. My one small complaint about the Allied Media Conference this past June was that the schedule was so full packed of workshops and sessions that there was very little time for people to puruse the Conference’s main exhibition area.

    There were a lot of folks from all over the country, including many midwesterners who made the long journey. I talked to a women who came to PDX from Milwaukee, who has been a part of the Free Radio MKE collective that has been shut down for a few months. I’ll have an interview with her on a future edition of the radio show.

    There is really an amazing DIY and independent media culture growing in Portland. The last time I got to really hang out there was in 1997, and it’s amazing to see the growth. I think one of the big catalysts has been the Independent Publishing Resource Center conveniently located upstairs from the great Reading Frenzy bookstore and across the way from the famous Powell’s City of Books. The IPRC is filled with letter presses, block printing tools, places to do collage, paste up and desktop publishing, along with a photocopier, of course. The folks of the IPRC also do workshops on how to do most aspects of zine-ing and independent publishing. They also have a huge, well-organized zine library, and in July, 2002 I aired an interview with the IPRC’s zine librarian, Greig Means on the mediageek radio show. This was my second visit to the IPRC and it’s always really exciting and inspiring to see all the indy publishing activity.

    On this Friday’s mediageek radio show, I’ll feature an interview with Pablo De Ocampo, who is the director of the IPRC. The show will be archived on-line sometime over the weekend (depending on how mediageek’s server connection holds up — it’s been flaky lately).

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