2/22/2005

Action Alert: How Progressives Can Win

"I'm going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."
-- Bill Moyers, Final PBS "Now" Episode, Dec. 17, 2004

AlterNet is working with independent media partners to help create an alternative -- a powerful progressive media "echo chamber" to challenge and overcome conservative dominance in the marketplace of ideas. This is a big job, and they need help. "Echoing" means collaborating to increase the reach and impact of facts and ideas that support progressive ideals and goals and undermine conservative claims. Echoing means repeating messages that communicate progressive values and vision in as many places and as many ways possible.
Imagine the clear framing of a progressive vision or a hard-hitting investigative article shown on cable, satellite, and pay per view; downloaded to your TiVo; distributed on DVD; streamed on the internet; broadcast on the radio; and printed in magazines and webzines, all at the same time.
Five years ago it wouldn't have been possible to tackle the big media machine. Today, the technology revolution makes it far easier to produce quality media faster and cheaper. Meanwhile, the Air America radio network is growing and Link TV, Democracy Now and the powerful array of progressive bloggers and web sites are all finding new audiences and increasingly working together.
AlterNet, through their Echo Chamber Project, is working to bring together the smartest tech minds in the progressive sector to help chart the new technology landscape. Their aim is for progressive media to reach more people in more different ways -- even on their cell phones and handhelds.
Their immediate projects:
PEEK - a blog on the blogs, so people can go to their computers in the morning and know what the blogosphere is saying.
The first true online Progressive Media Guide, a daily catalog of all the significant media events that national progressive audiences can access via streaming, television, video, or DVD.
Publishing their new book, Start Making Sense: Turning the Lessons of Election 2004 into Progressive Victories in April. They'll go on the road with the book for readings and debates working to broadcast the dialogues the book generates on TV and the internet.
Please go to the link above and donate today to help AlterNet become an important hub in a new, powerful, and growing progressive media echo chamber.

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