The March 15 Republican reports on the growth of blogs and websites for local activism. Daryl LaFleur posts public documents at Paradise City Forum so people can review them and “come to their own conclusions,” without having to troop down to City Hall. Granby resident Mark Bail hosts Granby01033, a blog to bring more attention to Granby issues.
Bail estimates that the blog gets 100 visitors a day. Some of them are former Granby residents who live out of state. He acknowledges that there are some fundamental differences between his site and mainstream media.
“Newspapers are supposed to be fair and balanced,” he said. “I just try to be fair.”
NPN’s Adam Cohen is quoted in the article as saying new media can help anti-porn activists get a fair hearing when they feel frustrated with traditional media.
“For a relatively small amount of money, we’ve created our own newspaper, and that’s very exciting to me.”
Besides soliciting comments, Cohen and Reiter have been able to post a wealth of information on the site, including background on Capital Video. NoPornNorthampton.org also made a 300-page study on the side-effects of adult entertainment in New York City available online and often references other sites, some of which offer opposing viewpoints.
“The Internet makes it really easy to make connections between things,” Cohen said. “I want to encourage every activist to exploit the potential in this medium.”
Visitors to NoPornNorthampton Website Outnumber Those of Local Newspaper Website
Quantcast estimates that NoPornNorthampton is now receiving 12,629 monthly unique visitors from the US (see PDF profile). GazetteNet trails slightly behind with 12,602 monthly unique visitors from the US (see PDF profile).
The Daily Hampshire Gazette’s website dates from August 1996, when the
domain GazetteNet.com was first registered. NoPornNorthampton.org is,
of course, less than one year old, having been launched in June 2006.
Daryl LaFleur, “Blogging is a value added service”
Bloggers are providing an entire industry with new competition, and that is great NEWS for consumers and voters alike. Perhaps bloggers are succeeding because many of the people that tuned out because they recognized there is too much information that is unheard of, unspoken of, and unwritten about by the mainstream media, are tuning back in now that they have a refreshing new resource for unedited discourse that stems from a phenomenon created by and for humans known as cyberspace.