Channel Cyberia

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Cyberia a business set up by LM network associate Keith Teare
Channel Cyberia was a web project associated with the LM network and part of the internet firm Cyberia. Channel Cyberia was launched in May 1996.[1]

It was sold to MSN, having failed to raise funding, by 1999. [2] LM associates commissioning editor Andrew Calcutt, Helen Searls and controller Keith Teare played leading parts, while articles were commissioned from LM associates Alan Hudson and Mick Hume.

According to David Webb, 'a former supporter of the RCP',

The Cafe Cyberia/Easynet company was originally set up by/involving Keith Teare, an LM-er, and it is curious to note on my visits to the cafe how many LM-ers were working for the organisation, although I do not know if Teare is still involved. Andrew Calcutt was working on something or other there, Helen Searls was involved in Channel Cyberia, a 24-hour Internet site designed to have changing content to be like the news on the telly. I know because I bumped into her in the cafe and, as at the time I did not know how to do frames in HTML, she was able to tell me how she designed the homepage. Channel Cyberia was a weird site, with articles by Mick Hume on football (against the nationalism in football) and discussion sections on Kenan Malik's book, The Meaning of Racism. By the way, I do not see anything sinister in setting things up and trying to do things, but if they are really arguing social transformation is not possible today, I do not see why I shouldn't detail what they have been up to. LM-ers tend to all do the same thing at once. Something might be tried, and then dropped with no explanation as to why it is not continuing.[3]

People

Andrew Calcutt, Commissioning Editor

Resources

Notes

  1. "Can Café Cyberia make it as an internet channel?", Campaign website, accessed 6 Nov 2010
  2. "Internet startup culture", ZDnet website, accessed 6 Nov 2010
  3. David Webb RCP/LM front organisations Google Groups: alt.politics.socialism.trotsky (original URL: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.politics.socialism.trotsky/msg/36a8b426db6ec720) Apr 8 1998, 7:00 am, accessed 25 November 2010