Sunday, February 4, 2007


A unifying theme in Fringe ideology involves distrust of the mainstream media. It doesn't take a conspiracy theorist to see that the media is heavily influenced by corporate concerns. Any publication dependent on advertising money is open to manipulation or censorship to please advertiser interests. was established during the Seattle WTO protests in 1999 as a grassroots media outlet. It has served since then as a source of information that is excluded by the corporate media. There are local chapters for most major cities and countries which can be found on the main website.

Indymedia is biased toward anti-globalisation and far-left ideology, but does carry some stories that represent other areas of the sociopolitical Fringe such as Libertarian or even far-right topics. In addition to the main site, each local site has a news wire where anyone can publish a story. This is where many Fringe topics may be found. While discretion and discernment are required given the open reporting format, the freedom of speech provided makes it worthwhile for those searching out the Fringe.

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