6 October 2018
Basically, there isn’t one. I select what work to publish/republish simply on the basis of its quality of writing, its clarity of thought and/or its timelyness, and of course, its honesty.
As to the politics, well I’ve had a lifetime experiencing our fractured left that amoeba-like, continually divides and sub-divides, until there’s nothing to-say, left. So, using the criteria above, I draw on all kinds of sources for news and analysis but invariably, independent sources. Admittedly, I don’t always get it right. Sometimes I miss a steal but I think generally, if you look through the 18,000-plus essays on this site, it represents, from a left perspective, a pretty accurate picture of important events. But you be the judge. Obviously it also represents my own preferences and biases, that’s as it should be, I don’t believe there’s such a thing as unbiased journalism.
About the Site’s Nuts and Bolts
It’s taken an age to make the transfer from the old self-hosted WordPress site to this, WordPress.com location and although the site is really fast loading, I’m not happy with the way the site functions, but….
I had to transfer around 18,000 articles to here, no mean feat I might add but I had to ‘leave behind’ as it were, all the pre-Wordpress articles 2003-2010. I have made a start on converting files but it will literally take me months. Is it worth it? We’ll see.
A Brief Bio
As my byline indicates I’ve been messing about online since 1979, first in NYC with my Bulletin Board System, New York Online, one of the first anywhere in the world to network independent journalism to the planet. NYOL ran from around 1983 to 1992 whenI relocated to South Africa, working for the African National Congress, directing the Election Information Unit for the 1994 democratic election. In 1995 I started All Things Digital, an Internet development company that ran til the ‘bubble burst in 2000.My background however is Fine Art and later 3-D design, lecturing in sculpture and when the Macintosh computer came along, desktop publishing. But mucking about with computers led me into all kinds of stuff from electronic and print publishing to radio and video, working with liberation movements in Africa and Central America. I’m a glutton for punishment.
In 2002 I ended up back in the city of my birth, London which is where I am to this day.
Originally this site was set up to publish my own work but rapidly morphed into this massive progressive resource, which still contains my own writing but a couple of years back I decided to create a site dedicated solely to my own writing: Investigating Imperialism.
You can also find my work published on a number of other sites including Global Research, Dandelion Salad, Strategic Culture Foundation, ColdType, Black Agenda Report, Dissident Voice, 4th Media, Journal of People, Monthly Review, and who knows where else across the world, as well as being translated into an unknown number of languages but which include at the last count, Portugese, Spanish, Arabic, Serbian, German…
William Bowles, Writer, Editor and Publisher
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