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(en) Workers Solidarity #75 - Review of infoshop.org

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 11 Apr 2003 09:31:22 +0200 (CEST)

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There are a large number of anarchist news
services on the internet - one of the best
ones covering North America is the news
section of infoshop.org. The site looks a
little like Indymedia, including readers'
comments with articles but in fact all
articles require prior approval by an editor.

This means that the number of articles per day
can be kept fairly low and that the editors can
select alternative sources over mainstream ones.
The disadvantage is that the selection of course
favours the editors' preferences - this means at
times infoshop is dominated by
anti-organisational theory pieces which are
generally of pretty poor quality.

Here, as on Indymedia, the ability of the reader to
comment on articles is important. This often
leads to long discussions on theory articles which
are often more useful then the original article.
This also allows for controversial (or just plain
wrong) interpretations of events to be challenged.
It also means that the site has become something
of a community for a wide range of North
American anarchists to discuss events online with
each other.

The areas of news covered by infoshop vary with
events as might be expected. So at the time of
writing detailed reports from anti-war protests all
over the USA dominated the newswire. This is its
real strength, at times of mass protest it offers
multiple reports on what is going on.


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Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.

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