We'd no sooner asked you to send us a brief description of your favorite alternative media outlet than a storm of e-mails (and a few actual letters) began to blow in. When the dust settled and interns Mandy Hu and Emma Pollin had tabulated the results, we had about 1,200 nominations for websites, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV shows, newsletters, zines, listservs and collectives.
Some of the sources got wind of our request and seemed to view it as a contest for the most "votes." Bartcop, for example, urged its readers on with promises of "a weekend in a suite at The Venetian in Las Vegas if we win," accompanied by lavish views of the hotel. (The vision of the 467 Bartcop voters crammed into the weekend suite delights.)
We'll skip the counts, recounts and hanging chads. We merely want to know where people go to get real news and sustenance in these days of media mediocrity and misinformation. What follows is an unscientific cross-section of as many of your nominations as space allows.
ACORN (www.acorn.org) provides a valuable update on what's going on with economic and social justice. It also provides updates and news for people who sign up for Internet service through their ISP.
Adbusters is by far the most unique magazine, visually and contextually stimulating.
GREGORY E. KELLERMAN
I find alternet.org the most useful for thoughtful articles and discussion forums on a wide range of topics. Alternet seems dedicated to getting progressive voices heard by more than just progressives.
St. Paul, Minn.
Americas.org is a wonderful grassroots site dedicated to news, analysis and campaigns on Latin America and globalization. It mixes original reporting with links to news sources all over the world. It's really good at promoting action on urgent issues–fast track, sweatshops, WTO demonstrations, immigration reform, human rights campaigns like the jailed environmentalists in Mexico, the School of the Americas and so on.
When I want to get surly and kick conservative ass, I go to Bartcop.com. Its clenched-fist liberalism gets me upset, gets me riled, makes me want to scream, makes me wonder what has gone so wrong with our government and our world. Damn it! Bartcop feels our pain.