Wednesday, June 09, 2010
NEXT. As we had hoped, you're fired up, too. Here's what we're getting. Diogenes has volunteered to rewrite our Mission statement:
We recognize that the world is moving toward a consensus that the state of Israel be eliminated. We cannot allow the extermination of Israel to happen: should it happen, we will all die as civilized men and women; and we will have silently permitted a dark age to arise that our children and grandchildren won't see the end of.
Hence the new site “title of site” is dedicated to stopping the extermination of Israel and a promised second holocaust.
Our mission is to resist the growing tide of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. Hence we speak to Jews who have not realized their danger, and who hence cannot begin yet to respond to it; we speak to non-Jewish religious people of good will who understand that the highest ethical standards of the world arise from Hellenized Judaism, and that thus its creators must not be destroyed; and we secularists who abhor the fact that genocide is again coming.
This site will be:
1. A news aggregation site:
a. For news about Israel
b. For news about anti-Semitism
c. For news about violence against Jews
d. For news about violence against Israel
e. For news about responses to sections a - d from other open sources
2. A site for deep moral commentary demonstrating that news listed in part 1 has importance for all western civilization.
3. A site connecting to others who perceive the danger and wish to resist it.
We include news and analysis that pertains to our mission. We include topical information as well as historical texts. We provide links to other sites and media that contribute to or support our mission.
We report on or connect with news, commenting on and questioning it. We provide the historical and cultural context in which that news has meaning so as to understand and prevent the second holocaust.
We seek out exclusive interviews and essays from the people who are involved in policy and punditry. We question them in order to draw out their knowledge, without recourse to any political agenda apart from the salvation of Israel.
This site will not be political in any partisan or ideological sense to the extent the editors can avoid such partisanship.
It will not be a commercial site created to make money for participants.
It will not be an exclusive voice, advocate, or outlet for any one interest group or player in the issues which it addresses.
We measure the success of our mission by the extent to which we come to be seen as a nonpartisan advocate of civilization, as opposed to barbarism.
Eduardo has thoughts about how the site should look and feel:
So I've been thinking about the best way to set up this site and my opinion is that it should be modeled after the Drudge Report. This is because we want traffic. The beauty of Drudge is the quick access to copious links on a variety of subjects. Already know about something? Then keep looking until you see something that interests you. And it's all concisely organized into an easy to scan format. The opposite of this would be a site like HuffPo that looks like someone threw up on a monitor and things fell all over the place. I think the site contributors should be scouring the net for Israel-related stories and linking to those.
Hot Air is another high traffic site, but I think our site should be less like that. At HA, Ed & Allah pretty much link to things and pontificate a great deal. I think our site should be more about simply providing access to information. If something requires commentary, it could be done at InstaPunk (with a link to the IP post on the new site under the headline, of course, as Drudge often does).
There are already a plethora of pro-Israel sites out there, many of which link to each other. We have to make sure there is something unique about our site and we're not just a "me too" blog or there will be no reason for anyone to visit. News breaks fast on the internet, and thinking realistically I doubt our site will be breaking a whole lot of news, so the best we can probably do is to collect the most important news out there as quickly as we can and try to highlight more obscure things that people might not have heard about in addition to all of the major stories. And, as I mentioned, InstaPunk would be where all of the heavy intellectual hitting is done when the need arises.
Them there's my two cents. A bit unoriginal, perhaps, but it's not about style points, just traffic.
Then he has additional ideas:
I agree that the site should be non-partisan, but we've still got to be able to call a spade a spade. Peripheral jabs at Obama and Co. should not be made (like about the oil spill & teleprompter), but when he's screwing Israel over and dining with anti-Semites we need to be able to trash him for that. We definitely need to avoid Allah & Ed-style "infinity & beyond" evenhandedness.
All of the extras you mention in the mission statement would be nice, but it feels a little like overreaching. Links, commentary, news, history...I think we need to go Drudge-style minimalist at first to get things up and running and get people involved. I think the more people get involved and see what is happening, the more they will want to get further involved and start offering up their own commentary. Then we can build off of that. But I don't like the column idea. That seems less like a total traffic site and more like a niche site. When I go to a new site and there is stuff all over the place, my first thought is, "I don't have time for this." You know, like you said about my emails and comments (ha-ha).
Maybe we could add all of those bells & whistles eventually, but I don't think we should try to start out like that. It may be too overwhelming and become one of those things that doesn't get done. Let's get a basic framework set up and develop from there.
If you agree, that is.
And btw, what I can bring to the table: I have serviceable photoshop & video editing skills. I can also look around for news to link to and write when appropriate.
Comment. Yell. Agree or disagree. What I see is that people care about this and are prepared to work. So let's hammer out what we have to do and start doing it. I have no ego on the line here. Nothing anybody says will offend me. Let's get to work.