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Greg Palast on Improving Alternative Media
This video features Greg Palast speaking on a panel of alternative media dignataries about what we can do to reach a wider audience and be more effective as journalists working outside of the mainstream distribution outlets. The short answer: "don't be so fucking dull". This was filmed at The Boston Social Forum, a counter convention of sorts that took place in the days leading up to the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
The video was meant as a prequel to my convention coverage and was filmed and upload the day before the convention started. I met a great journalist this day and together we scouted the 1st ever instance of a designated caged area called a Protest Pen, a Freedom Cage, etc etc. No, it wasn't Greg Palast.
Mark Baard became a trusted ally in the years to come but at the end of the DNC when he made the generous offer of a police scanner to help me cover the anarchist march from Boston to NYC for the RNC. I knew he was a cop. Just like the anarchists I had grown found of, by working closely with the Democratic Party, knew i was a cop. It was a period of much paranoia. I was certain that the scanner was either a recording device or that the possession of it alone would be enough to get me arrested. So I had to politely decline the scanner. These days you can get all that online. Hell, they even have an app for that.
But back then as a politically charged anarcho curious video journalist living in and editing video in a van on the side of the road full time with no training and very few friends in the protest scene, I was very cautious of taking candy from stangers.