Here is one indy volunteers reasons for the new policy of composting corporate media:
"I get sooooooooooo bored of reading through a bunch of boooooorrrrrrrring corporate media reposts just to find one thing that is original and relevant. Corporate media articles are fucking boring. They all come from a perspective of "the norm", "business-as-usual", etc. Even when they are a sensational piece, the voice behind them is always this sort of emotionless robot that is just reinforcing the status quo. Corporate media does not challenge my perception of reality. It does not inspire me to do anything. It just puts me to sleep."
Others describe corporate media as a "poison", or "drug".
While I generally agree with these assessments, I think they are not always, absolutely true. Occasionally, good stories from good reporters come out in the corporate media. Watergate was first broken by the corporate media, a few years ago the Portland Tribune did that pretty good series on the police spying, and on Monday, the Oregonian had a good story on this lawsuit deal.
The article (which is now in the compost bin) had LOTS that was original and relevant, plus it had passionate quotes from activists involved. If we choose to always completely ignore the media that most people are reading, we will continue to become more and more isolated and irrelevant.
I agree that it would be better to have someone besides the Oregonian writing this story--but no one else has--and it's Wednesday. (Apart from the fairly content-less press release). So if you have to choose between posting important news from the evil Oregonian, or not posting it at all, my vote is for reposting.
Here's the link the composted story: