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media consolidation [May. 30th, 2003|02:40 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
"A diverse and competitive media is an essential part of a working democracy," he added. "The whole idea is predicated on an informed citizenship. People are very upset at the idea of news controlled by a very few companies with noxious political positions." -- [source]
So, are you all ready for one or two corporations to spoon-feed the masses everything they should think?

The problem is the stupid masses just don't care.


[User Picture]From: lisa
2003-05-30 02:46 pm (UTC)
i heard a network executive on npr the other day arguing that having large corporations own more of the (radio) airwaves would lead to more diversity. it was highly laughable.

i guess the argument is they can afford to have more choices in regional areas where smaller companies are forced to only present whatever is popular at the moment so they can make money.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2003-05-30 02:53 pm (UTC)
I heard a guy say that about FM radio the other day on CNN, he was a Fox exec. Between Clear Channel and AM/FM Inc, has any two companies owned more...but he actually said there is now more diversity on the FM band. Laughable...sadly they are laughing too but it's more like a snicker!
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[User Picture]From: nick
2003-05-30 02:58 pm (UTC)
News, WTF needs news? As long as I know which bachelorette survivor is going to be this year's American idol, because they were willing to drink a bucket full of rotten fish guts, while tight rope walking over a bunch of rabid midgets, life is pure bliss... That is assuming that the second place contestant is still willing to bare all in an exclusive playboy photoshoot.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2003-05-30 03:19 pm (UTC)
I wanna see the AI cast do a Road Rulez Challenge!!!
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[User Picture]From: iseebi
2003-05-30 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm on year 2 of not watching TV - including/especially the news. If it's really important I just read it on LJ and see all kinds of view points. ^_~ I really feel like my brain cells are finally coming out of their TV comas...
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2003-05-30 05:16 pm (UTC)
Lets start first by making news sources just report the facts, not their politically twisted version of the news.. Then we can talk about merging...

I do agree with you about the masses..
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[User Picture]From: ddelapp
2003-05-30 11:29 pm (UTC)
And those that arn't stupid usually access their news not from these mass sources anyway, instead turning to google news, salon, etc.
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From: rynfitz
2003-05-31 12:26 am (UTC)
I wrote Bush a letter on the issue for extra credit in a media class. He hasn't mailed me back yet. :P
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