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corporate media direct action - reclaim the airwaves
media should have civil society control
i am writing here to share a new idea about direct action and civil disobedience,
i am sorry if my English is not very good...

if we make street demonstrations and media doesn't show it, the effects are very small (important too but very small).

it's difficult to change this because economical and political interests normally control mass media. which makes it very difficult to have a large and strong space for activists voice and images.

this is serious, because even if we publish our own web sites and use free radios and magazines, probably the people who will access these independent media are the people who already shares this opinion.

and it is crucial to get "non-alternative" normal people to hear our voices and see "other words" rather them official conservative mass media pro-war opinion.

so, finally...

the idea to be proposed is an intent to have the best use of the creative and courageous will to realize direct actions and civil disobedience,

and was inspired in the brazilian land-less peoples movement (MST)
these people, who doesn't have land to grow their own food, and believing that land is a public resource, they plan and execute big-farm occupies. with this, they fight for their rights and also get a good public attention and exposition on local, national and international media (and this way, putting the land distribution on discussion).

and... if we can see and realize the airwaves also as public resource...

and the fact that this resource is being monopolized by some few companies (which doesn't give it a good use, because they don't allow really free speech space or large participation and discussion),

so, the proposal is that people organize to peacefully occupy the commercial tv studios (and also radios).

it could be planned many ways to get in, move to the live studios, make sit ins inside it, present a letter of manifesto, demanding the civil society more space and even control of the media vehicles, and demanding specific dates and times to make free-from-censorship-and-control programs and interviews.

or even demanding that some alternative documentary and interview previously recorded are played on live.


this was just an initial idea, which I think deserves more thoughts and discussions to be improved.

but I really believe it could have some good results,
"waking up" many many people all around.

very best wishes,

marcos menezes
CONTRADICTING 22.Mar.2003 15:01


I came to this posting page to comment on the distortion of your website's views on so-called "corporate media". I know I could never change your views, but who besides conspiracy theorists are you truly rallying? On what do you base your view of the media? I guarantee none of you have been directly involved in the media business, or you would know just how hard they all work to make every story balanced. I speak from an insider point of view. They are in nobody's back pocket. They do not speak only for the wealthy - that is obvious when looked at from a non-biased standpoint.
When I came to this page, I noticed the list of guidelines for posting comments. You begin by wowing us with your stance on your own integrity and representation of all groups, with no bias'. In the following paragraph, you turn it all around by requesting responses that only support your goals and ideals. What!? This assures me that this grievance will never see the light of your website, because it points out your obvious ignorance.
You extreme, anarchist protesters honestly believe that by 'peacefully' invading media spaces, you could actually change anything (besides your jail records), and actually get your videos played (what do you think life is, the movie 'Airheads'?). Let's see... infiltrating and taking over someone else's land... sounds a little like the Iraq situation, don't you think? Maybe just a little hypocrytical? You may be sending a contradicting message. Who listen's to that? How does one 'peacefully' trespass? How does one 'peacefully' take over the airwaves? It cannot be done. You will be disregarding all of the beliefs you claim to hold to so strongly. Use some common sense. Go to college, take a class on communications, and use it!! There are so many other ways to get your message across... and if done intellectually, the media will listen (as may the people in positions of power, whom you seem to despise so much).
Peace, not hate. Communication and Understanding, not blind aggression. Practice what you preach. THANK YOU.