WEB PICKS: Alternative viewpoints
Need to sharpen up your media and political awareness? These sites take an alternative look at the world around us. Never Stop Thinking!
The Mix It Up campaign on this site supports student activists willing to take on the challenge of identifying, questioning and crossing social boundaries. Schools in one US state have banned T-shirts depicting certain symbols. Do symbols on clothing draw you to, or make you steer clear of, other students at school? Join the debate on this excellent and provocative site.
Do you trust corporate media to tell you the truth about the real causes and extent of many of the problems facing us, such as human rights abuses, poverty, pollution and climate change?
Media Lens doesn't. The editors of this site say mainstream newspapers and broadcasters act as a propaganda system for corporate interests. It says the costs incurred as a result of this propaganda, in terms of human suffering and environmental degradation, are incalculable. There are articles on topics such as animal rights, globalisation, Iraq and terrorism.
Run by activist Ann Simonton, a former top model who turned her back on a lucrative career to dedicate her life to exposing commercial media's bias. Her site aims to challenge abusive stereotypes and other biased images commonly found in the media. 'We do not believe in any form of censorship, especially the silencing of marginalised groups,' says Simonton.
Adbusters examines the relationship between human beings and their physical and mental environment. Run by artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs, it aims to bring attention to the 'erosion of physical and cultural environments by commercial forces'.
Just Think is an online youth workshop which teaches people to understand, evaluate and create media messages. It aims to foster critical thinking and encourage creative media production and the independent voice of youth in communities. Check out the Hidden Heroes section.
The official site of the director of the award-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. US President George W. Bush's response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is the target of Michael Moore's film, and the documentary maker has said he hopes his film will influence the election outcome.