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.