2005-07-27

Rockt Indymedia nicht mehr?

--- Das "unabhängige Medienzentrum" Indymedia (IMC) gilt als Paradebeispiel für den viel beschworenen Bürgerjournalismus alias Citizen Journalism. Doch das ebenfalls auf seine Unabhängigkeit pochende Medienmagazin Alternet wirft jetzt die Frage auf, ob der Idee des eigenen Medienmachens zumindest auf der Indymedia-Plattform die Luft ausgeht:
Conceived initially to allow everybody to 'be the media,' Indymedia is plagued by everything from fascist messages to paralyzing ideology to good old fashioned laziness. ... The open publishing newswire, once filled with breaking stories and photographic evidence refuting government lies, now contains more spam than an old email account. On many sites, it's difficult to find original reporting among the right-wing diatribes and rants about chemtrails poisoning the atmosphere. Coverage of local protests often consists of little more than a few blurry photos of cops doing nothing in particular, without a single line of text explaining the context, the issues, or the goals of the protest. And forget about analysis or investigative reporting. They tend to be as rare on Indymedia as they are on Fox News. This isn't to suggest that I've avoided Indymedia as a journalist, or that I disagree with its mission--neither are true. I've worked with various IMCs over the years during big protests, mostly as a reporter, and mostly secondarily to the various actions I was involved with. ... On the anniversary of the Iraq invasion earlier this year, I was in Mexico, trying to get information about antiwar protests around the United States. I looked at IMC sites based in cities where I knew there were actions, and found nothing. Eventually, I found what I was looking for--on the BBC. The experience, unfortunately, is not uncommon. ... I know I'm not alone in my frustration with IMCs. "I haven't looked at Indymedia in over a year," says the editor of a nationally distributed radical magazine. "Indymedia? It's completely irrelevant," a talented documentary filmmaker tells me. "I let the IMC use my photos but I don't ever read it," says a freelance photojournalist. More and more, independent media makers (even those who occasionally publish on or are affiliated with an IMC) don't even bother looking for news on Indymedia. And for good reason: Indymedia news "coverage" is often lifted from corporate media websites, with occasional editorial remarks added. Some IMC sites limit this type of reporting to a specific section, and there it can lead to informative discussion and criticism. But most seem to rely on it to fill column space in the newswire.
Das deutsche Indymedia hat sich die Autorin zwar nicht angeschaut, aber auch da erfolgen die Updates momentan eher spärlich. Vielleicht liegt der proklamierte Niedergang daran, dass die potentiellen Indymedia-"Reporter" lieber gleich eigene Weblogs füllen?

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