Monday, November 10, 2003

Noticed the announcements to iCan, the BBC's new (beta) grass-roots local politicum exchange site, but haven't got round to really checking it out yet, which is a shame. It's running on the H2G2 code, IIRC, which could be interesting in terms of how they're structuring the information they have. Now Wired News have picked up on it:

Meanwhile, the spoof site, iCan't mentioned in the article is a poor man's political satire that seems to group the entire effort in with the rest of the targets of the "hard-left"'s ire. " We're never going to discuss anything important to anybody" it states, backed up by the site's creator on the Wired article, who says: "They should have stuff for campaigning against George Bush coming to the U.K."

This 20-year-old seems to believe that all locally-formed organisational ongoings should stretch their tendrils into the .. larger issues of the world, the power of the people, or persons, to influence the behaviour of the world superpowers. Ah yes. A noble effort.

But with the country in such a state, isn't it just as important to place as much emphasis on our own dependence as on the topicals that already garner so much attention? Shouldn't we be looking to solve the problems in our streets before claiming we know how to run the rest of the world?

It's also amusing to see the site's incension to "Ban the BBC from charging license fees" - surely not; an activist encouraging privately-run, self-funded, capitalist media companies? The license fee seems to me to be quite fair - those of us with TVs get to use out financial influence to have a say as to what gets shown, in a nice civilised manner. Honestly, I swear these young people have no sense of irony...

Anyway, I hope to look at the iCan site in close details, and get involved, as it's definitely the kind of thing we should be seeing more of.

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