FreeNews Experiment - The Media Source Filtration Experiment

As our society goes from atoms to bits the level of society distortion rises. How do you add value to societal noise?

The benefits of the current stage of technology are much talked about. Today people can share information almost instantly, across vast sections of the globe. At your fingertips, at this very moment, is endless amounts of information about virtually any topic imaginable. In fact, one could very reasonably argue that there is too much information available.

How can one possibly find the time and mental stamina to assimilate all of this knowledge?

Freenews is an attempted answer to this question. You will find here synopses of news items culled from all sorts of alternative (as opposed to corporate) news sources.

We read many articles published and republished on various newslists, websites, and discussion groups. We then post on the more urgent, interesting, and underpublicised topics.

It is our hope that these concise postings will not only edify you, but will also pique your interest enough for you to search out the source article using the information provided below each posting. We go to great lengths to try to provide urls and any other contact information we can, for every article we use.

We make very little pretense of objectivity in our selection of topics. A primary purpose of this site is to provide counterspin to corporate-biased news coverage (or non-coverage, as is often the case).

However, a larger purpose of this site is try to provide a forum for people to develop there own critical thought processes—and thereafter their own agenda for action to better this world we are all in together.

The Media Source Filtration Experiment

a program for self-reflection and informational empowerment

This experiment seeks to pose the following questions in no particular order;

  • What is the basis for trust and reliability of mass-media in the information age?
    (..and is this trust earned, surrendered, or even taken into consideration?)
  • How might a new methodology of information filtering enhance our abilities as truth seekers?
    (..and can present wisdom in this area be consolidated into a unified media ranking device?)
  • To what degree can we rely on “big media” to provide an accurate account of remote events?
    (..are the misrepresentation and suppression of data our only obstacles in forming a coherent world view?)
  • Where would an ideal source of information come from and how can we generate possibilities?
    (..what kind of tools can we develop to hone our skills in the assessment of media sources?)
  • Can we envision a future “mass” media scenario that more adequately reflects “mass” interests?
    (..will the potential of electronic media be harnessed for popularly-based information outlets or ushered along familiar routes of concentrated power interest?)

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