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In response to the condition of the mass media at the start of the 21st century, in which the programming choices are made by very few people, heavily influenced by what advertisers will like, Altport is taking shape to empower individuals to participate more effectively in the critical processes of opinion formation and information exchange. As Austin Allen has written, “All current funding schemes — relying on dominant institutions for support and funding — lack protection for programming that critiques the cultural structures that feed them.” Altport seeks to leverage the relatively accessible digital communication channels and free software to explode the dominance of corporately-driven culture. Instead of investing money and labor in periodic political campaigns, with obscene expendatures on political advertising that flow back into the coffers of huge corporations, Altport asserts that cooperation and greatly expanded self-reliance are the rational response to the destructive tendencies of corrupt government and commercial media. In order to better address the very real environmental and social problems that are becoming more acute with each passing year, the public’s dependence on commercial sources of information needs to be disrupted. The corporate media needs to be replaced.

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The great amount of activity surrounding the protest of the bogus imperial adventure in Iraq, as well as subsequent elections in various countries that supported the war, are indications that independent voices can, together, rise to a level that is perceptible to the majority of the world’s citizens. Social movements against the war, against corporate globalization, and against environmentally offensive policies, can all be leveraged to open up a more free-thinking social atmosphere. The tyranny of fun news, especially in the US, is a dangerous development and one that needs to be resisted by anyone who does not want to live in a fascist world of racist slavery and environmental decline. Misrepresentation of world events and public opinion by corporate media must be met with resistance by people who are willing and capable of sharing their own thoughts and ideas. This forum and projects announced, discussed, and presented here, will contribute to this goal of improving the effectiveness of grass roots media and political strategies in the years to come.