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NonIndyMedia In Pittsburgh

Multiple sources, both from the left and the right, are reporting that G-20 protesters are breaking into a PNC Bank on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. I’m not seeing this reported by the corporate media. Instead, I’m finding the information at Pittsburgh Indymedia, a place that facilitates grassroots news distribution.

Another story shown inadvertently through Pittsburgh Indymedia is that corporate advertisers have managed to do a break-in of their own, getting their online commercials promoted by Indymedia people using the Twitter photo service Twitpic. As Indymedia protesters posted pictures they took of the events in Pittsburgh, Twitpic accompanied each one with a commercial video. Photographs of protesters and the police who are confronting them with tear gas and batons are mixed in with advertisements for Tousle Me Softly shampoo and Kia cars, Klondike Bar Ice Cream and a new series on Showtime.

One of these photographs showed a protester telling “corporate scum” that they weren’t wanted in Pittsburgh. The corporate scum were right there, though, behind the lens of a digital camera.

In the future, if protesters want to liberate their news from corporate influence, they’ll need to devise a grassroots photo-sharing network to go along with their Indymedia.

g20 protest commercials

2 comments to NonIndyMedia In Pittsburgh

  • Kevin

    OH SNAP!

    man those corporate ad guys are fast.

    maybe they can tailor like bank cd ads to go with footage of breaking into a bank.. or gasoline commercials with molotov cocktails…

    or maybe some health insurance ads over footage of the cops beating the crap out of the protestors…

  • Rap Man

    Pittsburgh’s G-20 story: Take an expressway from town and disappear into desolate ‘hoods and encounter the civilization of menace. Pittsburgh, a dual city! The glass wonder of PPG Place and/or the G-20 Summit is a faded memory. Here in the ‘hood lives lie abandoned as far as the eye can see.

    That is: For the most part, African-American Pittsburgh seems to be invisible, not only to the public relations hucksters who tout Pittsburgh’s successes, but we are equally invisible to the protesters.

    Certainly, black Pittsburgh is as proud as anybody in that the black President we worked so hard to elect has selected Pittsburgh as the host of the G-20 Summit. We even enjoy the re-invention of Pittsburgh from a dirty, smoky steel-churning history to the bright, clean, green financial success that the business leaders and politicians boast about so loudly. Nobody is more proud of the Super Bowl winning African-American coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin. But none of that feel-good stuff erases the pain of the stubbornly high unemployment among African American young adults and the staggering dropout rate for young black males from the public school system.

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