Q: How did you decide to get involved with free media productions?
A: Actually, it was me who initiated this iteration of the project. I’ve seen projects come and I’ve seen them go. Previously, a few of my online acquaintances had been involved in other projects, and I’ve opened up my own too. I felt that those projects revolved too much around a small circle of other websites. Even if we were to win over posters in this game of brutal competition, we still did not have control over our own destiny. According to the book Blue Ocean Strategy, projects fail when they try too hard to fight an intensive war with the competition. The ocean then bleeds red! But the advice is to head for a Blue Ocean, or to innovate a new idea and change the way you conduct your operations. After reading this book, I decided to apply the strategy to the internet and got some support from some of my previous collaborators. We left behind the previous circles of websites and started to work on truly being innovative.
The media theme and cohesive website is a break away from websites that only revolved around a forum. The mission statement of the forum talks about the importance of an independent identity. We are finding our Blue Ocean.
Q: What do you stand for ideologically? What does FMP stand for as a group?
A: I stand for a strong authoritarian collectivism with a focus on cutting edge science and secularism, and support for national boundaries. Free Media Productions has no ideology. Any person can contribute. The whole political spectrum, from Marxists to Muslims. We don’t “discriminate” based on ideology. However the general consensus is that capitalism as defined by liberal America is flawed.
Q: What are your plans for free media productions?
A: I’ve done a lot to build the website aesthetically. While I will continue to look into that, the main goal now is to reach now people with a link to our front page. Essentially, people need to learn about free media productions. Improving the website in terms of web design can’t help with that. A tree that falls never makes a sound if nobody can hear it.
Q: How do you feel about competition and other forums?
A: Again, our goal is not to go head to head, but to maneuver in our own direction. We don’t think of ourselves as fighting a competition with other websites.
Q: What are you doing in your free time, off and on the internet?
A: I involve myself with various types of websites. Anything from anthropology to video games. I’m also concerned with career goals, but of course I will not go into detail about that here. I physically am pushing myself to new limits and better condition.
Q: What do you consider the greatest strength of free media productions?
A: The desire to be unconventional. We do not let anybody tell us what to do, whether they be mainstream forces or the forces of peer pressure.
Q: What do you consider the greatest weakness of free media productions?
We haven’t delivered on exposing it to enough new people yet.
Q:What opportunities do you believe can be exploited by free media productions in the future?
A: That’s a good question. I hope we will have the opportunity to convert our casual forum users into hardcore contributors who write editorials and do audio programs. We’d welcome these people to get in the driver’s seat a bit more, instead of merely sitting along for the ride. We have some loose plans for media creation that could involve merging politics with entertainment, but I won’t disclose the details. We also want new users to get involved with our website. Also, we must spread the message of youtube’s hypocrisy. Hopefully those who recognize it will join with us as we strive for alternative media.
Q: What about youtube?
A: Youtube has banned us for successfully delivering our message. They kept changing the excuse to different reasons, but the bottom line is they didn’t want us there. We played within their rules and they still got rid of us. There are plenty of audio files and writings about this event throughout the website. If you want to learn more about what happened, then the information is there. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by going into high detail, as the wheel is already spinning on different parts of the website.
Q:What do you plan to do about this?
A: We just need to make sure we stay on track with our goals. While it may have forced us to take an alternate trail through the woods, we’ll still hit the our milestones and objectives through one path or another.
Q: What do you consider to be the greatest threat to free media productions?
A: Reverting into an attempt to directly compete with other websites is our biggest threat. The more we walk our own path, the better. The more we try to walk a more conventional path, whether it is that of our peers, or that of the mainstream media, the more we will fall behind in both quality and in the sense of having an independent identity.