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Forum Post: Does OWS need Pirate Broadcasting?

Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 25, 2011, 11:11 p.m. EST by aeturnus (231) from Robbinsville, NC
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Does OWS need pirate broadcasting? Say, pirate radio? Or even public access channels?

Aside from just protesting like we are currently doing, maybe we could spread things farther if we began to take up some of the airwaves. It could even be a kind of protest in of itself, occupying the airwaves.

I imagine there are some legal ways to get pirate broadcasts these days. Some college radio stations still use pirate broadcasting, though the number of those doing that are beginning to dwindle.

And I imagine there could be some activists among us who have the hacking skills and know-how to simply take over airwaves with little ease.

Be it pirate broadcasts, public access cable channels, whatever. Should we opt to also create a broadcast channel with our own reporters and such? And put a big dent in the corporate-controlled station? More and more pirate radio stations are becoming obsolete. Let's bring them back.



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[-] 2 points by Philpux (643) from Mountain View, AR 10 years ago

Campaign Finance Reform. Boom.

There are already dozens of live occupy streams. They do not get many viewers, and their respective chat boxes are ruled by tyrannical nazi moderators. It is basically a love fest in chat, because if you say anything that they deem inflammatory in any way, you will be banned. By inflammatory, I mean something like "how are you guys going to deal with the cold weather?" Needless to say, there is little actual discussion there.

The video feeds used to be okay, when they were actually showing live marches, meetings, and doing live Q&A. It seems the people providing content have gotten bored. Now they show reruns of protests, music videos, and speeches.



These are just a couple of them.

[-] 1 points by jimmycrackerson (940) from Blackfoot, ID 10 years ago

Yeah, I got banned from chat on the very first message I typed. I mean seriously...what in the fuck...? Someone(s) needs to strip the mods of their powers and do it quick...

[-] 1 points by aeturnus (231) from Robbinsville, NC 10 years ago

I agree. Why are there mods dictating collective discussion anyway?

[-] 1 points by Philpux (643) from Mountain View, AR 10 years ago

Campaign Finance Reform. Boom.

I think they did get rid of many of the moderators. It was too late, though. The NYC livestream is especially bad. Now hardly anyone goes to the streams.

[-] 1 points by genanmer (822) 10 years ago

shrug seems somewhat related.


Share a wired/wireless internet connection with others wirelessly.

[-] 1 points by joe100 (306) 10 years ago

We need Occupy Communications Satellites - so our communications are not controlled by the 1%, and also - put in an Internet that cannot be snooped by NSA and homeland security.

[-] 1 points by onionrovirosa (22) 10 years ago

Please read and comment on my proposal. I think we are on the same page: http://occupywallst.org/forum/occupy-the-media-cnn-fox-news-and-nbc/#comment-430494

[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 10 years ago

You would have to have something to say, to make it worth it to establish a broadcast. What would the broadcast consist of? A bunch of people shouting competing slogans and arguing over what the message should be?

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 10 years ago

yes, but again, we need to solve organizational problems ahead of this wich can only meaningfully be resolved by working those issues on a collaborative work engine such as a wiki.


[-] 1 points by owsrulez (75) 10 years ago

I prefer blogs. Wiki's are boring. We need the diversity of blogs to spread the word.

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 10 years ago

wikis are boring? lol. The work load is still staring you in the face.

wikis can be as diverse as blogs, so thats a nonsensical argument.

You prefer blogs, these aren't reasons, they are excuses, neither makes sense.

Whats boring is a ten year protest movement that dies and is never effective. which is what blogs delivers. Whats exciting is a two month long plan to have a revolution inside of, which is what wikis deliver.

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 10 years ago
[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 10 years ago

Fraud? You two are not buddies? You're not helping him with his wiki?

[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 10 years ago

lol. ok. i deserve that.

[-] 1 points by nuclearradio (227) 10 years ago


[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 10 years ago

youtube channel. this is how the young turks do it. i have watched them for a while. check it out http://www.youtube.com/show?p=gsnCohqU8dY&tracker=show_av

plenty of us will help you get it out there.

[-] 1 points by IamMamaCas (21) from Norman, OK 10 years ago

Yes! I agree. I have an idea for a commercial though:

Show flashes of Occupiers. Flash one person who says, 'I'm a teacher'. Flash another that says 'I work at McDonalds'. 'I'm unemployed'. 'I'm a nurse'.

Then show a crowd shot with an overlay of the quote,

" Freedom had been hunted around the globe; reason was considered as repellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

  • Thomas Pain Rights of Man, 1791

And then end the commercial with the thing from the occupy bat signal. Where it says 'occupy' and under it flashes all the different occupies, ending in 'occupy earth'.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

MamaCas, I thought you was dead! By the way, great idea for an Occupy commercial.

[-] 1 points by jimmycrackerson (940) from Blackfoot, ID 10 years ago

That's funny you mention that, because I just had a dream that congress may exercise some very evil powers at a very inopportune time for this movement. Meaning, many of our methods of communication may soon not exist in such a way as they do now.