In my opinion, (there goes my posting) IMC's new format is more than an attempt to professionalize a board that admittedly had excesses at times.
There has also been a conscious philosophical shift toward the center--toward possible acceptability by the masses and by those in positions of power privately and publicly in this increasingly arrogant and aggressive nation.
This dictates that issues on the controversial cutting edge--conspiracy theories about 911 for example--be avoided completely lest the mainstream fail to take IMC seriously.
I believe this apparent decision to have been a mistake and the beginning of the end of the IMC we knew. The lemming masses have their media. They don't want IMC.
A few more editorial changes at the top and another visit or two by the FBI and IMC will represent nothing more interesting or controversial than a low budget version of Fox, CNN or CBS.
IMC's uniqueness lay in the fact that any idiot with an internet connection could get into the act. Those with no merit fell by their own weight quickly.
But a wealth of useful ideas was shared by creative and intelligent commentators throughout the world.
IMC's new bland and "acceptable" image is largely a bore and I believe there will be losses in daily site visits as idealism is quenched by the straitjacket of
the tiresome conformity we're already accustomed to in the mainline media.