48 Shills: The myth of independent media, part two

Scant seconds after arriving to 48 Hills, a donation plea pops up with a message. “We need independent, local news sources featuring diverse, progressive voices more than ever.” Truer words, never spoken. Unfortunately for visitors to their website, and San Franciscans in general, 48 Hills fails on all counts. Like their big siblings at TheContinue reading “48 Shills: The myth of independent media, part two”

Who counts police killings now?

I’m quite late to this, but The Counted announced last month they would not be tallying police killings in the United States after 2016. They reference a “much-improved new government system” making The Counted surplus to requirement, but relying on the government for these numbers puts the foxes back in charge of the henhouse. TheContinue reading “Who counts police killings now?”

The siren song of equality

Freedom. Equality. On the surface, they seem interchangeable, but in practice the two words couldn’t be farther apart. Freedom is self explanatory; acting and living without restraint or oppression. Equality is trickier, however. Equality comes with all sorts of terms and conditions. You can’t be equal by yourself; what’s the point? Reaching a state ofContinue reading “The siren song of equality”

The myth of independent media

As MSM continues to deteriorate into irrelevance and subservience to the powers they pretend to check, the independent-media label is growing more desirable as media orgs attempt to distance themselves from being seen as anything remotely MSM. Independent media is a largely underfunded, under-promoted space, so when large media orgs decide to brand themselves independentContinue reading “The myth of independent media”