Last night, the Simpsons concluded what for me was somewhat of a rebound season after a few lackluster years. The premise began when Mr. Burns realized Springfield hated him after he survived a freak accident where he was crushed by a Homer-initiated collapse of a rock outcropping in the form of an old man (think collapse of Old Man in New Hampshire without the crushed billionaire). Of course, Mr. Burns concluded that the only way to get people to like him was, not to perform selfless acts of charity, but to buy all of the media outlets in Springfield. All of the media content is pro-Burns and pro-nuclear power, including a great Itchy & Scratchy episode. Lisa recognizes the problem with this and starts her own indy zine to counteract the disinformation from the Burns media conglomerate. Burns attempts to sabotage Lisa fall short until Burns prints personal attacks and lies about Lisa, afterwhich she relents and publishes her final zine. In a twist, Homer saw how important Lisa's work was and published his own zine, which in turn led everyone in Springfield to publish their own zine.
The knock against media conglomerates was obvious, however the Simpsons also managed to get in a slam against the indymedia concept, essentially stating that instead of being stuck with ownership of the media in one entity, they were stuck with collective ownership of the media in which alot of the content was worthless opinion.
And now, my worhtless opinion and commentary: The benefit of the indymedia concept is that it is up to each of us to read and critically analyze posts. This critical analysis will be different for each reader according to the reader's personal experience, socioeconomic background, etc. What is worthless opinion to one may be conclusive proof to the other. What I find informative and instructive in developing my worldview, you may find irrelevant to yours. That is the benefit of the indymedia concept. It provides an avenue for all information and doesn't seek to run it through the filters until a group of network executives or newspaper editors find it fit for mass consumption.