media for society and culture


This is a very old page, sorry, will be renewed this year. But below you'll find a short explanation about Socia Media.

Socia Media is a small firm in The Hague, the Netherlands, run by Boyd Noorda. In practice however, Socia Media often operates like a foundation (but without external funding). Socia Media was established in 1980 and specializes in the social and cultural uses of media and media technology. Many services are aimed at NGO's.

At this moment Socia Media concentrates on two fields: The Dutone sound studio, which provides income and Internet/datacommunication, which hardly earns any money, due to lots of pioneering activities.

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The Dutone Studio is a simple studio, friendly to the environment and musicians. It specializes in 'direct to two track recording' on a digital master. This saves a lot of resources (tape and electricity), saves much time and money, provides that 'real live sound' and digital quality.
The technique is used both for acoustical music (often recorded in 'real stereo' with only two mikes) and for complicated multi channel recording of pop, jazz and alike. Dutone has a small multitrack recorder, mainly used for pre or post production of sound for audiovisuals. A time code coupled sequencer is also available.

Datacommunication and Internet

Socia Media is one of the pioneers of the social uses of datacommunications in The Netherlands and does a lot of work in bringing NGO's online. The former "AKTIE-bank" (1989-1995) set up by Socia Media, was in fact the first 'site' for NGO's in the Netherlands. Being a free prestel (videotex/minitel) host, it was a very user friendly media platform, aimed at the public at large.
Socia Media initiated the Dutch ANN network ("Other News Network"), to provide a channel for (positive) news, that is not to be found in the mass media. Socia Media also initiated the Aktie Agenda, the digital NGO agenda for the Netherlands.
In a small campaign around the UNCED conference on environment and development (Rio, June 1992), Socia Media build a nation-wide e-communications network for the 'One World Day' activities, introduced the term "Sustainable Media" and issued a quite successful brochure about datacommunications for NGO's.
Also since 1992, during the wars in former Yugoslavia, Socia Media helped to build 'ZaMirNet' and provided much news and communication facilities for politicians, NGO's and media.
Socia Media also initiated and maintains E-mail mailing lists.

The motivation for this all is that datacommunication and Internet provide alternatives for the globalization and commercialization of the mass media. These growing monopolies are causing that citizens and NGO's have less and less access to the mass media. Datacommunication and Internet enable them to take their publicity effort into their own hands.

The social and cultural uses of datacommunication and Internet are still behind in the Netherlands. Socia Media offers workshops and pratical help and is also promoting cooperation among datacommunication initiatives in the Netherlands. It's necessary to work together, create a 'critical mass' and show NGO's the possibilities.

That's why Socia Media co-initiated 'dDH' and sponsors dDH with facilities and hours. dDH is a model and very practical example of the non-commercial 'Independent Internet Platform', supported by its (NGO) users. More volunteers, sponsoring and especially 'paying' NGO's are most welcome ;-)

If you have business in The Hague and need a (press) office, computers, fax, web space, sound studio, etc, Socia Media can offer you a public terminal, office space and more.

What else?

Other (often combined) services and products are f.e. photography, journalism, production of tape/slide shows, copy writing, advice, workshops, etc. As part of the service, Socia Media can also supply hardware, like microphones or computers.
Socia Media has a small PA system for music and speech for rent. Also available is a complete outfit for tape/slide shows. Socia Media also 'tours' with shows, like the program about the Bhopal disaster, made by Socia Media and Ruth Waterman.

Socia Media does not aim at growth, but is a 'self supporting ideal'.

For more information, contact us.

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