Hartford Independent Media Collective (HIMC)
Why We Exist
Control of media has become more and more consolidated so that today, the vast majority of media outlets – newspapers, radio, film, publishing, television, and the internet- are owned by only nine gigantic multinational corporations. The nine corporations include Disney, Time Warner, Viacom, News Corporation, and Universal-Vivendi. Here in Connecticut, the Tribune Company, whose biggest assets include The Chicago Tribune and the LA Times, owns The Hartford Courant, The Advocate, WTIC TV, and the CW, as well as many internet sites. What obscene power! As a result, local news coverage has become less diverse, less concerned with the public interest, and often just non-existent.
With corporate scandal, government corruption, war on terrorism, threats to civil liberties, and the sinking economy, the need for independent media has never been greater. The Hartford Independent Media Collective (HIMC) is a diverse group of individuals, volunteering their time, united by the simple desire to provide the people of greater Hartford with alternative perspectives not covered by the mass media.
What We’re About/Principles Of Unity
The HIMC is an open, volunteer collective. We work to create a grass-roots, non-hierarchical, anti-corporate forum for people to express themselves, to “be the media.” We exist in order to provide a real alternative.
The HIMC is against ALL forms of oppression-we are anti-racist, anti-queerphobic, anti-authoritarian. We are populist, anti-poverty as well as being anti-wealth. The HIMC is a feminist organization. We work to improve existing conditions and manifest this within the group itself and within our projects as an organization.
The HIMC strives to give priority to voices and views which are under-represented or marginalized. It actively attempts to emphasize these voices and views.
The HIMC strives to represent the people of Hartford in group composition and the projects it undertakes, but does not speak for particular communities or individuals.
The HIMC is consensus based in it’s decision making process.
HIMC volunteers respect each other as individuals and work together in a non judgmental way.
The HIMC is copyleft, if someone wishes to reproduce something for profit they contact the author/creator.
The HIMC does not run advertisements. We will not accept paid ads.
All volunteers of the HIMC are currently unpaid.
The HIMC actively works toward realizing its principles of unity using a variety of means decided by consensus on a case by case basis.
Membership is open to all those who accept and abide by these principles within the group.
If you’re interested in learning more, email: email@example.com
The Hartford IMC website seeks to create a safe forum for respectful and constructive dialogue. As such, we allow the public to comment on our features and commentary posts only insofar as those comments contribute to positive, peaceful and productive conversation and/or debate.
We will flag comments that contain personal attacks, hostile tone, derailing comments, racism, sexism, queerphobia, class elitism, ableism, etc. If any individual violates our guidelines more than five (5) times, they will be banned from posting any future comments. If anyone has a problem with the moderation, please email the collective at firstname.lastname@example.org. Discussing moderation is not appropriate on forums and will be flagged as such. Please note that we are an all-volunteer collective and as such, we have limited resources to commit to moderating the comments placed on hartfordimc.org. We will make every effort to flag inappropriate comments as soon as they appear, however, in the event that you feel that a comment does not belong on the site, please send an email to email@example.com. We appreciate you taking part in discussion on this site and contributing to the vibrant Hartford IMC community.
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