Our first goal is to provoke a war between Goonswarm and Cuba
Hold The Front Page
If you wake up in the morning and want to find out what happened in Eve while you slept, where do you go? If you are a Goon, you probably go to jabber and ask someone, or check The War Room for an update post. But the former leads to you being trolled by those merry japesters in your squad into believing that we killed DaBigRedBoat’s titan in a punishment beating when he told one “guys, guys…” story too many, while the updates only happen every week or so at best.
There are a couple of eve news websites, but one, the archaic Tribune, is published fortnightly in some steam-powered 19th century factory while the other is Riverini’s cesspit of barely-literate squawkings and openly propagandistic flatulence poorly masquerading as language. Fact-checking is laughable, and relying on what you read there will get you laughed at when you repeat his paranoid rantings or obvious sock-puppeting.
If you doubt the combination of arrogance, hostility and inaccuracy that dominates what is fed to gullible readers of Riverini’s site, then look at this link: http://i.imgur.com/nKVBI.png
Riverini "gets to name coalitions". Instead of "CFC" he uses "Deklein Coalition" – TCF’s bloc which has been dead for almost two years – and because he is hostile to Test and Pandemic Legion (now members of a different bloc entirely) he lumps them into this fictional entity simply because it suits him to do so. A site which was a bit of a joke under Czechlion has become a dungheap masquerading as news, with impenetrable, sub-literate grammar and bleating, desperate propaganda, like Der Sturmer written by drunken gibbons.
Other news sources exist in the form of forums, ranging from the enjoyably coruscating Kugutsumen to the barely tolerable official forums, but Eve lacks a broad-based source of news and insight. We think that it is time to fix that.
TheMittani dot com
I know what you are thinking: this time he has gone too far. Has our own Ozymandias erected an entire site dedicated to the worship and adoration of the Dear Leader? Will he arrange vast, coordinated dancing displays in front of the Peoples’ Palace complete with World of Tanks parades and rifter flypasts?
In fact, I
chose the name TheMittani.com while Mittens wanted the new site to be called some dreary and worthy sobriquet: "Eve News Network" or something wearily quotidian like that. I’ve literally forgotten. The fact is that "The Mittani" is a brand all of its own these days, and I wanted to make use of it: it’s provocative, it’s well-known, it’s distinctive and most important of all it was available as a dot com domain at a reasonable price…
If we’ve learned one thing from the life and works of Noam Chomsky it is that there is still good money to be made by churning out articles with the old Random Postmodern Essay Generator, slapping your name on them and sticking in a bit about how all Americans are bastards at the top. But if we have learned anything else
from his work, it is that it is impossible to entirely divorce a news source from the biases of its proprietors. We realise this, and I have already been prevented from running a scathing expose on Mittens' use of chin-wigs during photo shoots for the CSM campaign. But this isn’t about controlling the news cycle or disseminating propaganda. Nor is it just about sticking it to Riverini, although that is a fun by-product.
Our goal is to turn TheMittani.com into somewhere that everyone wants to come to read up-to-date news and insightful articles on Eve Online (and a few of the games that Eve Online players tend to enjoy, like World of Tanks, MWO, League of Legends and the like). We won’t do that by churning out attack pieces on everyone we happen to be at war with. So we already have people on-board from other alliances like The Initiative (Malcanis) and Pandemic Legion (Grath), as well as the mysterious epic poet James315 (from who knows where?), and we hope to draw upon sources across all of Eve as people learn that we’re interested in providing news and insight, not just propaganda.
On that note, Kugutsumen is essentially a writing community, with representatives of all sides of Eve participating. So if you have an idea for an article or even a series of articles on Eve, Dust 514 or related games then please hit me up via forums PM and we can discuss it. It may be that you just want a large audience: we hope that TheMittani.com will be able to provide that. But regular contributors will be showered with plexes, ISK, spaceships and the like.