… or: who and where are the media of the left? What kind is needed now?
Background: Where this all started was that over the past few months, I have been thinking more about organization and networking with people, as well as some concern about re-inventing the wheel in certain areas. For much of my life I have lived and cities, and been poor with minimal internet access, but it was easy to go to meetings and events. Now that I am in a suburban hellscape I figured I should really see how people are getting on politically online.
So here’s the obvious joke: When I did some web searches for “radical left forum” or some such thing I got pages and pages of search results of people complaining about all of the leftist media, but none of the actual leftist media which they claim is everywhere. Probably because they conflate some token “commercial liberal media outlet which has somewhat progressive standards of not hating oppressed people” with “actual different systems of political/economic social organization”.
Where and Who?: So, who do YOU think of as the important media of the left? Should people look for authentic leftist media in the profit-driven world of broadcast media? Or should we establish something else? What are some blogs, forums, chatrooms, etc groups where interesting discussion and action are happening? How appropriate is the centralized corporate nature of most “social media” to this type of culture?
“Us” -VS- “Them”: What notable differences do you see with how leftist groups use the media, versus other groups such as the alt-right, religious conservatives, traditional fascists, racist nationalists, etc.? What can/should we co-opt, versus avoid?
What now?: What approaches do you think are most relevant now? What technologies are more resistant to censorship if things get tough? What sort of "image: should such media project? How centralized/decentralized should it get?