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noisefactor on Fri, 22 May 2009 18:42:23 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> [ann] AntiWar404: Movement not found?

AntiWar404            GetPeaceful.org/AntiWar404

>> Perceive what's gone missing from the web. <<

Since the start of the World Wide Web thousands
of anti-war and pro-peace projects have already
come and gone.  Now GetPeaceful.org presents a
first-ever collection of its kind documenting
the traces of anti-war movements that have
disappeared among the sponsored links, spams,
and twittering machines of today's infoverse.  

Contemporary search engines have a tendency to
make dead websites disappear quietly. AntiWar404
counteracts some of the resulting amnesia. It
offers a concise record of the peace movement
forgotten by Google, resurrecting pages and pages
of war resistance that you won't find in your
search engine results. Documents re-found!

Maybe this is a good time to rediscover the
Anti-war Movement?  While many in the U.S. voted
for Barack Obama to end the hawkish foreign policy
of the Bush era, so far the investments in Bush's
wars have only increased. April was the deadliest
month this year for both Iraqi civilians and
American soldiers. In Afghanistan and Pakistan,
aerial bombardments of villages -- and allegations
that the U.S. has used white phosphorus weapons --
have further diminished sympathy for the U.S.
presence in the region. Yet the demand for an
immediate end to Bush's wars is barely audible
in the din of American media.  As the military
misadventures in Afghanistan and Pakistan escalate,
the role played by independent media in the lead
up to the war in Iraq is now "not found."

GetPeaceful.org is a non-profit media initiative
that uses online media to highlight peace advocacy
across the globe.  Two high-profile GetPeaceful
assets -- the Anti-War Web Ring and Anti-War
Directory -- have handled more than a million
queries since 2002.  They feature hundreds of
sites dedicated to peaceful conflict resolution,
ending ongoing wars, and raising awareness about
the cyclical aspects of warfare and related
business. The core inspiration for AntiWar404
came from the maintenance of these information
services, and the recognition that many of the
sites listed in the Directory were disappearing.

In addition to providing information about anti-war
efforts around the world, GetPeaceful presents
original online art that concerns war. During the
various wars of the past decade, earlier projects
developed by the founder of GetPeaceful, Andy Deck,
have been featured in publications around the world,
such as El Pais, the New York Times, der Spiegel,
Nokta, and Eleftherotypia. These include Withdrawal
Wizard (2004), Commission Control (1999), and
PsyOP-Art (2003). Mr. Deck specializes in online
media. His work with participative Internet media
has explored the limits and possibilities of the
Internet as an artistic medium.
For more about these and other projects, please visit
the website GetPeaceful.org


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