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September 09, 2005

I Am Impressed

I'm a grumpy malcontent and generally don't get enthusiastic about anything. But I'm impressed with Independent World Television.

IWT wants to build a real television news network without government funding or advertising revenue; essentially the plan is just to ask people for money. At first glance I thought this was ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. But no. They are trying to appeal to the entire English speaking world—ie, not just in the US but also Canada, England, Australia, even India. And if they can get one million people to pony up $100 per year, they'd have more than enough cash.

Add to this the fact that IWT is made up of serious people who actually know what they're doing, and that they've already gotten serious startup money both from foundations and the Canadian Auto Workers.

Beyond that, I just like their general social-movement-can-do-non-sourpuss attitude. I urge you to check them out, watch their video, and read the thoughts of IWT Chair Paul Jay on Hurricane Katrina, complete with historical references.

Posted at September 9, 2005 09:03 AM | TrackBack

This sounds like a very promising development.

Posted by: Jonathan versen at September 10, 2005 02:13 AM