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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #83 - Internet Review urban75.com

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 25 Dec 2004 08:59:37 +0100 (CET)


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The website urban75 has been around for years as an online focus for
Brixton residents. In 2002 urban75 hit the headlines. A regular poster
called `Colinthecop' had riled up its users with homophobic comments and
his claim that "the people of Brixton deserve to be treated with contempt".
In response Brian Paddick (commander in chief of Brixton's police force)
came onto the site and ended up debating cannabis policies, political
philosophies and methods to improve community relations.

Of course the tabloids got whiff of it. The Sun's frontpage headline
screamed "The Odd Bill: I back ANARCHY" and eventually exposed that
Paddick was gay and smoked dope with a past lover. He got the chop.
Since then urban75 has flourished as a site of controversy. It Provides
reasonable advice on drugs, enlightening discussions on politics,
on-the-ground accounts from the UK left and photo archives from music
festivals and protests stretching back to the early nineties.

There's also a host of games to piss away hours online at work. Downing
Street Fighter rips off Street Fighter pitting individuals from the
Conservatives and New Labor against each other in combat. Punch a
Celeb lets you hammer the crap out of the obnoxious gits gracing the
tabloids. Urban75 is a great example of how the net has facilitated the
creation of new communities of interest and culture. Check it out.

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