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May 13, 2005

Nat'l Conference on Media Reform

We probably should have mentioned this by now, TNS is hosting a table at the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis this weekend. We would absolutely LOVE to meet any TNS readers and PeoplesNetWorks members in attendance. Please do make a point of stopping by and introducing yourself if when you get a free moment.

Speaking of which, I'm going to continue my little crusade against Google News' nefarious plans to squeeze independent news organizations out of its search results, as I ranted previously. A British site that covers issues concerning online journalists called dotJournalism did a story on it that plays a nice counterbalance to the E-Commerce News version that I thought underrepresented the arguments I've been making. It's funny to see how differently the same story can be covered by industry press -- one aimed at commercial types and the other at journalists. It occurs to me that the folks attending the NCMR conference might be very interested in Google's plans to highlight the biggest media producers at the expense of us little folks.


Benjamin Melançon: Nat'l Conference on Media Reform

I want to give Free Press, the organizers of the conference, credit for linking both here to the staff blog of the NewStandard and to my critical reflections on the conference over at the NarcoSphere. My conclusion devolves into a call for a national independent media distribution system supported by every progressive social movement there is, but I can summarize my short-term recommendations quite easily: support The NewStandard and other quality independent media projects.

theredperil: Nat'l Conference on Media Reform

Have people search with Vivisimo or Clusty - they are excvellent. They are far superior to Google, Froogle, Yahoo or the rest of the most popular and well known search engines. For one thing they cluster your search results by related topic which is convenient. They also don't ever seem to turn up with more than one or two AOL home pages or Angelfire home pages.

I'l never Google again


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