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Wednesday, April 2, 2003

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Indie media has integrity

Re: "Dodging fate as a lapdog to hegemony," Mar. 27

To the Editor:

Reading Shannon Proudfoot's column evoked some of my similar feelings of disappointment in the mainstream, North American news media.

Unfortunately whether print, screen, short or long wave, most of the news this continent consumes is produced by conglomerated and syndicated institutions that are in the biz for the buck, not the story.

"The most confounding part for me is that the media has become the willing messenger of this propagandistic rhetoric...," writes Proudfoot, in reference to recent news coverage. I would nod along in agreement with the columnist if it were not for the fact there is news media beyond The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and certainly CNN.

Not all reporters have sold their journalistic souls to one of the many media conglomerates, and certainly not all reporters have closed their ears to the voices of dissent.

It seems odd that a writer at The Gazette, itself a bastion of "wholesome" reportage, would boorishly wave an arm over an entire community of story chasers, fact checkers and the sleep deprived – a.k.a. journalists – and talk about her "disgust with those who precede" her.

If Proudfoot is truly serious about avoiding "the fate of being a lapdog to hegemonic systems of power," she should give serious consideration to the independent news media. Maybe one day she might even use her column to spotlight the vital role played by indie media and the journalists that collect its stories, instead of totally ignoring their importance in the mediation of our realities.

Kyra Savolainen
Media, Information & Technoculture I

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