The sites, zines, and blogs of the Internet have proven to be effective
media for groups with limited resources and poor access to commercial
mass media to organize and communicate. CCCE develops projects to better
understand the organization and effectiveness of middle media resources.
Below are a few links to give a taste of the diversity of middle media
resources. Right now we have them divided into three categories: Journalism,
Weblogs and Political Forums. If you have more links to suggest, please
e-mail them to the CCCE.
Directed by Don Hazen out of San Francisco, Alternet is an alternative
website for political news. The site provides a glossary of progressive
columnists and is updated regularly.
Along with Alternet, Common Dreams is the most prominent alternative
news source on the web. It is frequently updated, drawing from a wide
range of progressive opinion.
Based on the radical notion, "Become the Media," the
Indymedia movement began during the "Battle of Seattle" when
the first Independent Media Center (IMC) was founded. Currently, scores
of new IMC's are creating an online and organizational network spanning
six continents. IMC's innovative "open publishing"feature allows
civic journalists to immediately post their own news story on the webiste's
newswire. IMC volunteers describe themselves on the home website as "a
collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists
offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic
media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings
As slick as it appears, this really is a progressive site that acts as
a watchdog on all levels of government.
Corpwatch is frequently updated and provides investigative reports
on corporate malfeasance, such as threats to the environment and to consumer
One of the oldest middle media sites on the web (beginning in April 1997),
this site is a panoply of opinion pieces dealing with a wide range of
political and gender-related issues and topics, from a conservative point
Affiliated with Z Magazine, this site serves as an impressive archival
resource for works by progressive scholars and activists. The ZNET slogan
is: "A community of people committed to social change."
Billed as "America's News Page," this site provides daily news
updates with a conservative bent. Typically featured on this page are
works by Ann Coulter and other conservative thinkers.
This monthly is geared towards discussing issues relating to the Internet
and the online revolution. The tone tends towards more exploratory than
polemical, and even has an "academic" feel to it (e.g. articles
with brief abstracts), especially since articles are "peer-reviewed"
(submissions must be vetted by colleagues in the field).
This site gathers information from over 1250 worldwide organizations
into an omnibus information source on matters dealing with global justice
and human rights. The style of the site tends to be more informative and
less confrontational than many similar sites. The articles on the site
have an immediacy to them, simply because they usually are written by
individuals close to the circumstances of the events themselves.
Created by the progressive phone company, Working Assets, this
site is billed as "a comprehensive Web site made up of resources
for people with progressive values. Anyone with Internet access (members
and non-members alike) can speak out on urgent issues, read informative
news and columns, go shopping, make a donation or volunteer their time."
A weblog geared toward those of a more technical background. The discussions
center on the state of the technological sector.
This is a comprehensive history of the blog movement, including names
Once you start your weblog and want to publicize it, you can join
a "webring" to do so, which puts you in a category with other
similar blogs as yours for someone to check out.
One of the most popular "political" weblogs on the Net,
this site is smartly written, well-represented by various opinions and
Livejournal allows you to create your own online journal, which is
the same as a "blog."
Here's the awards to the best blogs on the Web!
It's hard to pin a label on these folks, since they cover material
ranging from the political to the trivial. The emphasis is more catchall,
so there's no expressed direction.
Just as the perceived excesses of the Clinton presidency helped
spawn a network of conservative web sites, the 2000 election of George
Walker Bush arguably has led to a similar phenomenon on the liberal side
of the spectrum. Part news source, part discussion board; Democraticunderground
(DU) enjoys a lively rivalry with Freerepublic. On their website, DU founders
claim "Democratic Underground was founded on Inauguration Day, January
20, 2001, to protest the illegitimate presidency of George W. Bush and
to provide a resource for the exchange and dissemination of liberal and
Free Republic bills itself as a " an online gathering place for independent,
grass-roots conservatism on the web." Users (called "freepers")
can get links to news sources (major and minor publications), as well
as discussion threads and breaking news.