Media Coordinator Update, 01/07/11

Dear C4SS Supporters,

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I definitely want to do it when we’re having a good week (and we’re having a very good week):

I’m the one who reports to you regarding the Center’s media successes, but I’m far from the only person responsible for those successes.

Everyone at C4SS does one or more things to make them possible. Obviously I couldn’t submit op-eds to newspapers if our news analysts didn’t write them first. The Center’s “advisory panel” members, and director Brad Spangler, frequently suggest topics that those analysts turn into outstanding pieces.

This week — our best week ever in terms of “mainstream media pickup” action — the lion’s share of credit belongs to our social media coordinator, Stacy Litz. Kevin Carson’s outstanding piece on Bradley Manning, which got more “pickups” than any other C4SS piece this week, took off and established its presence “in the wild” before I even got started submitting it by email, primarily due to Stacy’s fast and furious social media promotion (particularly on Reddit). Thanks for your hard work, Stacy!

This week I submitted 11,287 C4SS op-eds to 2,787 newspapers on six continents. My media lists grew with the addition of publications in Algeria, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, the British Virgin Islands, Burundi, the Cayman Islands, Chile, Cuba, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, St. Helena, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Pickups:

  • Kevin Carson’s “Bradley Manning: One Soldier Who Really Did ‘Defend Our Freedom'” appeared at Antiwar.Com, Sydney, Australia’s Rebel News, the Portland, Oregon Skanner, the Malaysia Sun, the Albuquerque, New Mexico Express, Africa Leader, Brunei News.Net, Myanmar News.Net, Thailand News.Net … and other publications, including several in the networks you can see reflected in this listing, but which I’ve had problems nailing down (they seem to appear/disappear in the search engine listings, and were in “disappeared” mode at a point after I noticed them but before I came back to catalog them).
  • David D’Amato’s “Bribery, Thy Name is Government” appeared in the Dhaka, Bangladesh New Age and the Deming, New Mexico Headlight.
  • Kevin Carson’s “Neoliberalism: All the Taxes of Social Democracy, None of the Fun” appeared in the Seoul, Republic of Korea Times.
  • Kevin Carson’s “Damning Corporate Capitalism with Faint Praise” appeared in The Canadian.
  • My piece, “If This Be Treason,” appeared in the Roxbury Downs, Australia Monitor.
  • The Winchester, Tennessee Herald Chronicle ran David D’Amato’s “Speed Bumps on the Information Superhighway.”
  • Louisiana Tech University’s Tech Talk ran my “Cyber World War I.”
  • David D’Amato’s “Greece Ignores Labour’s True Value,” appeared in the Dhaka, Bangladesh New Age.
  • The Dhaka, Bangladesh New Nation ran D’Amato’s “The USSR Died, but the State Survived.”
  • D’Amato’s “Renting Our Lives from the State” appeared in the Deming, New Mexico Headlight.

That’s 19 “pickups” — all discovered this week, but not all actually from the past week. I continue to accidentally or coincidentally discover “pickups” that didn’t show up in searches within a week or so of my article submissions. One of these actually ran a month ago (deep inside a PDF edition — I’m still trying to figure out how it turned up in search results at all, not why it took so long!); another is undated at the paper where it ran.

I’m continuing to experiment with new search patterns so that I can find these pickups as soon as possible, and detect more of them that pop up later. I figure that the “back-log pickups” will tend to even out over time. Any way you cut it this has been, by far, our best week ever in terms of getting the word out.

In the “movement” Internet media, I see that — among others! — the UK’s Libertarian Alliance has begun running selected C4SS material at its blog.

Incoming links of the “here’s a topic, here’s a bunch of material on the web about it” have become far too numerous for me to catalog. Some of those sites seem to be link/ad “farms,” others are “real newspapers” boosting their own content with automated aggregation. Either way, that means commercial aggregators are noticing us and that they think our content will pull readers in, so it’s a good sign.

I’m racing the clock to finish “mining” the worldwide media directory that C4SS bought my “pro membership” in last June before the year expires (if I can exhaust that directory of submission information, I won’t be asking the Center to renew the membership!). Getting that done is my main goal (aside from keeping our content in submission/circulation, of course) for the next little while.

That’s the update for this week. Have a great weekend!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Media Coordinator
Center for a Stateless Society

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