Online open publishing subverts the one-to-many relationship of traditional
media, offering a mass communication platform from many-to-many. Internet
sites run on open publishing software allow anyone with Internet access
to visit the site and upload content directly without having to penetrate
the filters of traditional media. Thus open publishing allows members
of the public to break out of their traditional role as media consumers
to become media makers.
Several fundamental principles tend to inform the organizations and sites
dedicated to open publishing, though they do so to varying degrees. These
principles include non-hierarchy, public participation, minimal editorial
control, and transparency. Because most open publishing sites are not
run for profit, there is no hierarchy of stockholders, corporate sponsors,
or editors controlling the content to be fed to the public—instead
these sites are created and maintained by the people for the people. Editorial
control is kept to a minimum and the process is transparent, meaning the
public can see what editorial decisions have been made.
Open publishing sites take many forms, from community news sites like
Indymedia, to techie sites like Slashdot, to the rapidly proliferating
online journals known as blogs.
Open Publishing Sites
Indymedia is 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 of truth.
A largely user-driven, user-moderated forum billing itself as news for
nerds, stuff that matters.
Slashcode is the site for All Things Slash. Slash is the source code and
database that was originally used to create Slashdot,
and has now been released under the GNU General Public License. It is
a bona fide Open Source / Free Software project. Use this site to get
the Slash source, read the latest Slash news, and participate in Slash
Kuro5hin.org is a site about technology and culture, both separately and
in their interactions. It is updated whenever interesting things appear
in the submission box, or whenever your humble hosts rusty and Inoshiro
feel inspired to write something. Besides the two admins, Kuro5hin relies
on its readers -- it exists for them and through them. Submit stories
about interesting things that you hear about, things you think of, or
other things which strike your fancy. This site has an open submission
queue. Any user can see and vote on all submitted stories. If you want
to see something posted, you can make it happen by participating in the
moderation of the stories in the submission queue.
Palestine Chronicle is an independent internet magazine, dedicated to
addressing issues and offering perspectives rarely seen in mainstream
western media. These issues include the plight and welfare of Palestinian
refugees, as well as other displaced and oppressed people around the world.
We are committed to democracy and freedom of expression, and we encourage
contributions from people who are genuinely concerned with the specified
Protest.Net is a collective of activists who are working together to create
our own media. By publishing a public record of our political activities
on the web we are taking a stand against the established media. Allows
visitors to post information about upcoming protests.
Articles on Open Publishing
Publishing by Matthew Arnison
Between Passion and Pragmatism by Gal Beckerman
Repertoire by Heather Gorgura
Day Muckrakers by Theta Pavis
Uprising by Catherine Seipp
A variation on the open publishing theme, weblogs, popularly referred
to as blogs, are online journals. While many take the form of personal
diaries, others constitute unedited collaborative journalism. Because
blogs often allow visitors to post comments, the dialogue created between
the blogger and her contributing readers begins to create a journalism
that is public and participatory. When blogs link to news articles, offering
and inviting commentary on mainsteam media—they create a public
dialogue online where before there was merely transmission (by the news
outlets) and reception (by the public).
Stand Down: The Left-Right
Blog Opposing and Invasion of Iraq, Syria
Articles on Blogs
A History and Perspective by Rebecca Blood
Makes a Weblog a Weblog? by Dave Winer
Laws, Weblogs, and Inequality by Clay Shirky