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Forum Post: Occupy Movement Gets Its Own TV Station

Posted 3 years ago on Sept. 18, 2014, 8:17 p.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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By: Daniel Marks Tuesday September 2, 2014 2:03 am

Creating “TV for the 99%”, the movement that galvanized the world has partnered with FilmOn Networks to create a free 24/7 online television outlet for news, evidence, and commentary online at OccupyTelevision.com.

In partnership with FilmOn Networks, the National Convention PBC and a new union of the groups Occupy Television, ArticleV.org, and the National General Assembly, have launched Occupy Television, a free 24/7 online television channel. The new outlet consolidates media throughout the Occupy movement in order to provide access to the maximum amount of people around the world.

There is no more visceral demonstration of the importance of the principles behind Occupy—and the need for independent control of the movement’s own messages—then the complete failure of the police state in Ferguson, Missouri and its violent behavior toward the media.

Occupy Television’s goal is to circumvent mainstream media, with its multitude of conflicts of interests, in order to break out of the echo chambers of conventional political discussion. The station is based on the work of Occupy community members and citizen journalists—it is TV for the 99%, by the 99%.

The channel will air documentaries including Internets Own Boy about the death of Aaron Swartz; Occupy Love; Pots, Pans and other Solutions, about the Icelandic pots and pans rebellion; TPB AFK about copyright laws. It will also transmit shows such as Politics Done Right, Occupy Radio, Acronym TV, DC Media Group, Global Revolution Live TV, Occupy Toronto and others.

The Occupy movement began with the famous occupation of Wall Street and its ability to get images and video showing police activity out was key to grabbing the attention in the media and creating understanding in the media. The ability to reach FilmOn.com’s 40 million monthly users worldwide will consolidate Occupy’s efforts and become an even stronger opportunity to “occupy the media”.

“FilmOn has always existed to give voice to views and lifestyles that aren’t heard on mainstream television. We’ve built up a huge vertical of news networks from all over the world—over 100 channels, all available for free–so that the public can get messages their own governments, or the big media conglomerates, may be hiding,” says Alki David, Founder of FilmOn Networks. “As a proponent of free speech and reform in media, I’m very proud to provide a home to Occupy TV.”

A representative of the leaderless Occupy movement says, “Today we can see the media obstruction in our own streets. Occupy is best used as a verb than as a brand. Therefore we, the 99%, occupy television to provide an outlet for our many voices. The media united will never be defeated. The natural formation of ideologies within the partisan divide works against a common goal. This new effort allows We the People to identify the root cause of problems with an objective focus and various approaches.”

FilmOn has been at the forefront of the push for reform in media—with its battle to loosen the stranglehold the big media conglomerates being fought in courts from coast to coast. The fight to support the public’s right to legally mandated free over-the-air broadcast signals wound up in the Supreme Court, and the dispute continues in Congress and with the United States Copyright Office as a fight for consumers rights, small business, and technological innovation against greed and the status quo of outdated laws.




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[-] 3 points by trashyharry (3082) from Waterville, NY 3 years ago

This is unadulterated good news.I very much admire Amy,Juan and the entire staff at Democracy Now,but there is alot of stuff that they just don't cover.I managed to appear in person for a look-see at all 3 #OWS.The first 2 years I saw Amy.I did not see her at #OWS 3.I believe DN did not cover it,because Amy is the one who would be there,and I did not see her.Wherever Amy goes,she is not exactly hiding.If she is around you will see her right away.The first 2 years I saw Chris Hedges.He has a distinctive appearance and you don't have to turn rocks over to find him if he's around.No Rick Wolff,no Naomi Wolf,no Naomi Klein,no Naomi Prins.No Cenk Uygur.Possible sighting of David Corn,from Mother Jones.No high profile person from the Nation Magazine was there,although they may have sent someone who is not well known.One person who came in the morning and stayed most of the day is Luke Rudkowski from We Are Change.For once he was by himself and did little filming.Luke is a wonderful young New Yorker who I have pretty much watched grow up on many internet streams for the past 13 years-he started doing media reporting on the Internets when he was around 16 years old.Not many people showed up this time-300 or so at the most.The people who did show up are the Real Deal,without a doubt.Can't really say much about people who did not show up-because they did not show up.That does not indicate much about whether or not they support #OWS.In the case of Amy Goodman,it's a strike and counts against her in a big way,IMHO.Not because she did not cover the story,but because she never even showed up.Most of the time she must be in the immediate area of Manhattan because the DN offices and studio are in Lower Manhattan.

[-] 2 points by Renneye (3874) 3 years ago

Very interesting indeed!

Thanks BradB!

I hope that there is a direct link to the tv-station from this page of this forum, and I hope that the tv-station will opt for ongoing transparency on their website about who funds them and who the owners/controllers are.

Thanks again, BradB!

[-] -1 points by anarkette (24) from Boston, MA 3 years ago

This forum is not transparent to your liking?

As DKAtoday would say - "If you don't like the forum, just leave."

This is jart's baby, so lay off will ya.

[-] 1 points by Renneye (3874) 3 years ago

Gees...and I was just about to call it a night. But, how can I let that kind of remark go?!

Getting an early start, aren't you? It's 7:30 am where you are, isn't it? Or is it late, due to insomnia? Time for Pink Duck and another "Oh mon dieu!"

Take lots of Calcium/Magnesium supplements to get rid of insomnia. It works. I know.

I don't wanna leave the forum. I like it here. But if the sign-up page doesn't open up for the 99% to be a part of the discussion, then I probably won't be here long. Quelle Domage.

I wanna go somewhere where everyone is allowed a voice.

[-] 0 points by anarkette (24) from Boston, MA 3 years ago

Don't you think there's a good reason why the sign up was taken down? To stop that Thrasy troll, and that Twinkle Team. Don't you like a clean forum, without all that trouble. Calm and nice. It's called respecting respect.

[-] 0 points by anarkette (24) from Boston, MA 3 years ago

You sound like that troll Thrasy. Always complaining about censorship, moderation, and how the site was run by jart. If you aren't happy pack up and leave. Start a new site. Sounds like you're frustrated honey buns! There's a place for everyone on the net. Maybe it's time you start carving yours, no?

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 3 years ago

Excellent. Thank you BradB for the good news.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 3 years ago


99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film


[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 3 years ago

Great post.

Todays programming