21st Century Wire is News for the Waking Generation™. We are a North American and Europe-based, grass-roots, independent blog offering geopolitical news and media analysis, working with an array of volunteer contributors who write and help to analyze news and provide a diverse perspective and opinions from around the world.
The purpose of our blog is to educate, promote learning on geopolitical and social issues, as well as independent commentary, news reporting, and to provide criticisms and critiques of larger corporate and foundation-funded media outlets and their coverage. We also aim to deliver a consistent stream of independent research on subjects and views that are not covered in the corporate-owned media sphere.
Besides demonstrating freedom speech and thought, one of the main intentions of 21st Century Wire is to empower readers by giving them the tools to decode mainstream propaganda. Inspired by independent websites like Live Leak, UK Column, Zero Hedge and OpEd News, we try to offer a historical perspective on contemporary issues and where possible, provide strategic reference links throughout our content — allowing you the reader to delve deeper into the issues — if you so choose…
The 21st Century is the beginning of a new information epoch and you, the reader, are the freshman class of free and critical thinkers in terms of news analysis and consumption. In its totality, there is an immense volume of information to be had on the Internet but we truly believe that in this new decentralised, grassroots and egalitarian World Wide Web, the cream will eventually rise to the top – but this can only be achieved by keeping this internet ‘neutral’ and free from excessive government and corporate control.
In spite of the Internet revolution, the corporate mainstream media (MSM) still clings to a predictable and monolithic format which is one of the reasons why the alternative media is winning large portions of their audience every day. We know the free Internet is all about choice and interaction, and not about being force-fed a narrow band of information from a few major networks. It’s not about being a passive couch surfer, it’s about you — going out and digging to find the blog or video you are looking for. That’s why you are here now — and not getting your primary news and analysis from the likes of CNN.com, FOXNEWS.com or the TIMES ONLINE. Try explaining that one to a room full of TV execs…
Aside from the independent media remit, our #1 intention here is to get you thinking, and hopefully inspire you to take on an active role yourself, perhaps by creating your own website or information portal. This may be by using free blog software, creating your own podcast, Youtube channel, or just by utilising social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
The editorial policy of 21st Century Wire is simple and resides above partisan politics, political campaigns and the traditional Left vs Right paradigm which we believe only serves to divide people who have more in common than not. Rather than aligning our slate with any particular party or ideology, we will attempt to deliver content that addresses specific issues and trends, but looks squarely at power, its architecture, as well as exposing the seeds of institutional corruption. In order to better educate and provide context to our readers, our posts will sometimes include hyperlinks and excerpts from other authors and news sources online. We will also try to stay within that which can be proven, or at least corroborated by credible sources. So our remit is to identify, inform, explore, enlighten, and report on solutions where possible. It’s a tall order for sure, but we promise to do our very best…
- Patrick Henningsen – Features Editor & Founder
- Shawn Helton – Associate Editor
- Stuart J. Hooper – Associate Editor
- Vanessa Beeley – Special Contributor
- Tom Duggan – Special Contributor
- Jay Dyer – Special Contributor
- Branko Malić – Special Contributor
- Randy Johnson – Special Contributor
- Daniel Spaulding – Special Contributor
- Andrew McKillop – Special Contributor
- The Daily Shooter – Guest Columnist
- J.R. Smith – Guest Columnist
- SARTRE – Guest Columnist
- Peter Sterry – Guest Columnist
- James Hall – Guest Columnist
- Basil Valentine – Guest Columnist
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