April 18, 2001. That’s when it all started. rabble.ca was built on the efforts of progressive journalists, writers, artists and activists across the country and has a unique role of reporting on stories from civil society while providing a counterbalance to corporate-owned media.
Back in 2001, online journalism was still in its infancy. In case you can’t remember back that far or weren’t born yet, here’s a description of the internet at the turn of the century by Motherboard magazine – most Americans weren’t on the internet (that would be true of Canada as well). Connections were dialup. And slow. Really slow.
MySpace was all the rage. Whatever happened to Myspace anyway?
A lot of those early internet spaces went the way of MySpace. But rabble.ca is still here. That’s pretty amazing.
We’ve had thousands of contributors work with us, along with many staff and interns. Today we’re going to hear from the people who put rabble together for you now, in 2019.
Happy Age of Majority, rabble.ca!
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Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.