I was on the panel for the 2012 Dublin Anarchist bookfair discussion of the continued usefulness of old / print media. It was a well set up panel with a good range of people from publications following quite different models of print and distribution. I've included the write up of the session and the audio and video I recorded and edited of it below. For the curious the video was taken by a Go Pro Hero2 camera which I'd placed on the edge of the table as an experiment which turned out to be 'good enough' to use.
This session of the 2012 Dublin Anarchist Bookfair looked at the value of paper and ink when the net is usually declared the real frontier. We asked our panel to track some of the connections between todays underground radical press, and what went before.
Do these organs represent something of a collective organiser, agitator and voice for our movements or are we simply shouting slogans at the bewildered to keep ourselves busy? Where are the similarities in our projects and where are the fundamental differences? How do we judge our successes and more importantly what blinds us to our failures? Should we be building consciousness, communities or organisations?
The session was hosted by Ciaran Moore of Dublin Community Televison. The panel featured banter from people involved in Look Left, RAG, rabble, Liberty Paper and Workers Solidarity/ Irish Anarchist Review.