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Looking for info on where I might find a showing of “The99percentfilm” I saw that an outfilt called “Participant Media” has the rights to it and are going to “air” it on Wednesday. With a name like that, I made the mistaken assumption that I’d be able to see it online. But no. They do the AJ America thing, and provide a link to see if my local cable company has the “Pivot TV” channel. No such luck. I’m on Comcast, the largest, in a major city, and no luck. So much for “Paticipatory” media.
I left this comment on their Facebook page:
so, for those of us who cant get the channel, why is it that Particpant Media isn’t distributing this filem online as well? Seems to fit the “People’s Media” concept in a way that cable TV seems to be unable/unwilling to do. Online is the ONLY way to get a “Particpant Media” that is truly paticipatory.
– see it in its context here
When are people (especially those seeking to get the word out from People’s movements), going to realize that the Cable companies and mainstream media are NOT our aliies? To direct us to “persuade our cable companies to carry the channel” are starting out on a dead end. What Al Jazeera English did at the beginning was to “JUst Do It” by going online and just doing the news on the street (as in the Arab Spring coverage that put them on the map). This audience of folks in America WAS their audience that put pressure on American Cable to carry their broadcast channel. But what has happened with the arrival of Al Jazeera America, is that we immediately get the AMERICAN version , which is to say, NO ONLINE coverage, and disconnection from the Al Jazeera English videos, including all archives. Incredible throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Al Jazeera is off the radar in America now. Their audience has been abandoned (the online, “Citizen Media” advocates, sick of the corporate hegemony over the information dissemination in this country. Now AJ would be viewers are directed to a “link” to look up their cable company and ask them to carry the “Cable Channel”. Old media at its most absolutely inane.
This is NOT what we lobbied our cable companies to carry!!!!! You left out the part we wanted. It would have been better if you had not started with Cable for your “AJ America” brand. Not if it means this.
That’s the top pf the AlJazeera America Web Page
It’s all about TV, as if they live in the 80′s. But we KNOW they know better. Why on earth don’t you launch this as a purely online venture and model how this news thing SHOULD be done, like you were ALREADY doing so well with Al Jazeera English? Now you’ve not only tethered yourself to Cable, but the absolutely greedy, selfish, gouging bastards that they are. The fast buck now (and how’s THAT going , since scarcely anyone can get this channel or it is exiled to the higher tiers, far away from CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and even BBC) is going to sink you in what Doc Searls has called the “bowling ball” of Cable (“Bowling ball for it’s bouyancy, which is none. See “News: Watching Cable Die” by Doc today)
Hint, folks at AJ: Use the same formula that got you on the map in the U.S. in the first place. The streaming the video. The citizen style journalism. Remember? The Arab Spring thing? People were abuzz at this great news coverage you were doing, BECAUSE IT WAS ALWAYS ON and ALWAYS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE? Did your supporters want a no-net, TV/Cable only version of this? Not at all.
Let the CableCos come begging to you to produce a cable version of the kind of coverage we already know YOU KNOW how to do, and quit fucking around with this Cable shit. All due respect. And I HAD quite a bit of it which is ebbing away the longer you play THEIR GAME.
This is such a spot-on observation/consideration by Krugman:
What about being able to find work? Suppose you have an expensively acquired degree, and the only jobs out there are part-time gigs at minimum wage. You might not take those jobs; in that case, is it really true that you canâ€™t find work? Alternatively, you might indeed take such a job; is it really right in that case to say that you did find work?