Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Well Done You

Following on from my recent article, The Wonders of Technology, I want to draw your attention to Associated Content, which bills iteself as 'The People's Media Company'. It is a free self-publishing site, on which you can publish your work in text, audio, video or still graphic (e.g. photo) formats.

I noticed it because George Rolph's excellent series of articles 'The War Against Men' is published there. Well worth reading if you haven't already.

This is exactly the kind of site we should be exploiting to the full for several reasons.
(1) We are not all web designers who can produce our own sites, and here we have ready-made 'user-friendly' internet publishing facilities requiring no real expertise.
(2) They have a ready-made body of readers who will come across your material.
(3) Sites like this and YouTube are part of the internet 'mainstream', rather than being dedicated men's activist sites. We are always complaining about how we cannot penetrate the mainstream; this is it. Go forth and penetrate.
(4) 'User generated content' is the 'latest thing' in the media, the new buzzword. 'You' (i.e. all of us) are Time magazine's Person of the Year, in an effort to draw attention to this.
(5) Content from these sites is often picked up by the conventional media.

In short, I think that user generated content sites such as these are our lever into the mainstream media. We should be ferocious in our efforts to colonise this new medium, starting right now. The internet is our Virago.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I caught a brief glimpse of lenny henry's show last night which was on BBC 1 I think.

Although it had a "you've been framed format" the difference was all the clips were lifted from sites like Youtube and I'd seen most of them already.

Surely it's only a matter of time now before some enterprising MRA with media skills starts producing videos.