This looks extremely interesting. Ron Pauls supporters span the gamut, from conspiracy theorists and white supremacists to frustrated libertarians and conservatives of conscience. There is a range of desperation and genuine creativity and commitment behind the small but vocal movement. I’ve kept an eye on it mainly watching a man push a conservative and sometimes extremist agenda with a very slick packaging into the mainstream.
But the commitment of his supporters is, in a word, powerful. So we on the left should pay attention to items like this:
We’re starting our own grassroots media company. Basic Media, Inc. (in formation) will create, build and connect Internet based radio and television outlets for freedom voices and faces around the United States and worldwide. The newly forming company will develop a wide ranging array of interesting and entertaining content on the web, and transmit our shows to mainstream “off the Internet” people through a variety of communications technologies and strategies.
Very, very interesting. From the sounds of things, such an initiative would push ideas and ideals that are both laudable and laughable:
As Dr. Paul himself said so well on February 9, 2008: “The neocons, the warmongers, the socialists, the advocates of inflation will be hearing much from you and me.” Indeed. The tired, empty mantras of “right and left,” of “conservative and liberal,” of “Democrat and Republican,” will no longer stand unchallenged in our mainstream media outlets. Freedom, prosperity, peace, hope—the great ideas are coming to America.
Regardless of whether you agree with their message, the idea of combining networked content creation and off the internet delivery is brilliant:
The core technologies are already in place for high quality content creation and delivery on the web, and Basic Media, Inc. will take this process to the next higher level with syndication and delivery platform strategies that carry our message to the radios and television sets of every household in America. Break the monopoly of the establishment media! Break the wall of silence that stifles voices of truth in our nation!
I’m simultaneously cringing and excited for what kind of content could come out of this. Overall, I think it is a bold effort and one to support and duplicate. For one, it is a familiar cry, similar to Nader’s “We own the airwaves” approach to media. But the main reason is that the netroots can combine a strong ability to raise funds and create smart content rapidly to follow this same path. We can reach more people than we currently do.
If this movement runs into issues of censorship from either the media conglomerates or the government, we ought to be in the trenches with them fighting back. Not simply because we can find common ground on some points (their anti-war stance), but because the larger issue of the media monopoly on our national conversation is too strong for either of us to break alone.