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May 3 2017 18:12
Indymedia UK closes for good

Without much fuss, due to lack of useage. They're keeping the archive up, much of which could stand to be mirrored as it holds some of the only proper reporting of some of the biggest events in UK anarchism in the noughties, in among the crank nonsense and pointless bunfights.

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May 4 2017 11:02

End of an era, while it was certainly shit for more than a decade it was a big influence on my political activity in the early noughties.

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May 4 2017 11:22

Quite sad really. It was dead good in the early days until it became the website of choice for assorted conspiracy nuts, fash spammers and trolls.

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May 4 2017 15:53

Yeah, this is both sad and "about time". I read Indymedia daily back when it was still good, then less and less as the conspiracy nutters started taking over. End of an era indeed.

el psy congroo
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May 6 2017 14:51

Similar trends happening everywhere. Have to wonder if monopolies like AK press and others have had any influence?

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May 6 2017 16:01

I don't think AK or PM has anything to do with it. Apples and oranges. Print and Online.

Indymedia UK was shit already back in 2002-3 due to absolutely atrocious moderation policy. And Indymedia was a creature of the anti-globalization movement. Its fortunes seemed to wane with that, Though I know that quite a few local indymedia projects fell apart due to infighting among mods.

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May 6 2017 16:45
el psy congroo wrote:
Similar trends happening everywhere. Have to wonder if monopolies like AK press and others have had any influence?

what on earth are you talking about? Firstly AK Press isn't a monopoly by any stretch of the imagination, secondly how do you think a book publisher would have any effect on a website?

But yeah, echo people's comments that it is about time. But Indymedia was a great idea, albeit flawed with its free for all publishing. It meant that loads of the content was shite. However it did get me into the idea of writing news and creating my own media. Indymedia was the first platform I wrote for, and if it weren't for it, and its message of "don't hate the media, be the media", I kind of think a lot of us who have created our own media project since then might not have done so, or at least might not have done so as early on as we did.

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May 6 2017 17:46

Interesting that the indymedia.org site's rolling feed still gets updates though the news bit hasn't been updated in a while.

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May 17 2017 17:45
el psy congroo wrote:
Similar trends happening everywhere. Have to wonder if monopolies like AK press and others have had any influence?

How the hell is AK Press a "monopoly"? And how could a co-operative book publisher have an impact on a website? Anyways, they have better things to do -- like getting books published.