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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:24 PM
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You ARE the alternative media.
If you post here, or at dkoz, or America blog, or digby, or blogfordemocracy, or a thousand other sites, whether you have your own blog or just comment on someone else's blog, you are contributing to the alternative media.

If you want to take down the mainstream media, and if you want to make the alternative media stronger, post credible stuff at the places where you hang out. Take responsibility for your words. Just because you type them in the privacy of your own home doesn't mean you can type whatever you want without repercussions. We can see what you do!

Believe your words mean something and maybe they will. Tell jokes; fine. Be snarky and even mean. Do whatever you want to do, but understand that whatever you type contributes to the character of the community you are participating in. If you- and enough others- choose to post inane, thoughtless crap, then the community you inhabit will become full of inane, thoughtless crap. If you want to make a difference, if you want your community to have some influence, if you want a revolution, if you want to really be heard, type your words with that in mind.

If you believe that your one vote out of 150 million counts for something, then you must also believe that your one post out of 30,000 today must count for something too. Make it count for something worthwhile. We are standing on the brink of an unprecedented opportunity. We really can take back the media. We are all authors and publishers and editors. There are no gatekeepers anymore. But if we clutter up our newfound arena with too much garbage, we will have missed an almost unbelievable opportunity to advance democracy and really change the political process.

We could just not worry about it and let the internet forums and blogs devolve to scamming for more traffic or be just a place for drunken graffiti (much like the mainstream media) but we can do better. Robert Kennedy once said that a million acts of courage can tear down the mightiest walls of oppression. In the same way, a million passionate, thoughtful posts on a thousand blogs can shake the foundations of how we get our information. Make it happen. The time is now.


You have the power.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:26 PM
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1. You have the power, You are the power. Pass it along.
Thanks for the reminder.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:27 PM
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Glad to give you K & R number five.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:27 PM
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2. Glad to give you K & R number five.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:33 PM
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3. And this is why we have to fight to preserve net neutrality.
This is the only power we have, and many would like to take it away from us. K & R
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:37 PM
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4. Woo hoo! Press passes for the win! n/t
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:55 PM
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5. Excellent post.
You seem sane, do you believe we should be able to hold democratic candidates accountable here on the DU? ...I was just wondering.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:12 AM
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9. I can't speak for the OP
but I, for one, think we should. It's our responsibility as citizens.
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:34 AM
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12. Yes I do. But...
There is a difference between expressing differences of opinion, discussion difficult or complicated issues, and gratuitous bashing. For example, I don't "get" the lobbyist/PAC campaign contribution ban. I've tried to engage on it several times and in several places and I remain unconvinced that it is a justifiable campaign policy. But, there is no point in me continuing to harp on it. I just disagree with them on this, but I have no expectation that I would agree with them (or anyone else) 100% on everything. Until I have convinced everyone else in the USA to be exactly like me, we're just going to have some differences.

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:04 AM
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6. Who's my editor?
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:55 AM
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10. There are monitors who lock threads if they feel the topic is "flamebait".
..Today I started a thread titled, Doesn't Obama's stance on Iran having nuclear weapons sound like McCain's? ..It was locked in no time.

I'm a nice person, I support Obama, I could never vote for McCain, in fact I never voted outside our party; one could say I'm a good democrat. I was surprised to see my thread was locked.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:10 AM
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7. Excellent post. Thanks. K&R
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:10 AM
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8. Very nice, MG
and I agree with you 100 percent on this. :thumbsup:
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Just-plain-Kathy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:42 AM
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11. This is a great post. I hope my reply isn't the reason it sank.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:36 AM
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13. True.
Very important.

Nominated.
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:08 AM
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14. A hearty K&R! n/t
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 09:32 AM
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15. damn---thank you
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lynettebro440 Donating Member (950 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:21 PM
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16. Could not agree with you more
kicked and recommended :kick:
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 10:14 PM
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17. Thank you! I wish your post could be pinned somewhere at DU for all to see...
and reflect on every day. K&R!
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