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    important by looking at our popular media. That's a serious error. There are roughly five news media corporations and either five or six Hollywood studios now. That's very few people in charge of a media market that reaches 300 million, and it's getting perilously close to a monopoly-style situation.

    Consumers/customers can, if their reaction is intense or organized enough, have an impact on what is circulated through the media, but in no way does their desire or demand have a one-to-one correspondence with what's put on TV.  The people at the heads of those industries decide, out of a pile of ideas, which ones are likely to appeal to people, generate ratings etc. But the pile of ideas is determined by them before they even start the focus groups. In other words, the limits of what gets said and the tenor of the conversation is established without regard to popular desire or demand. Then choices of product and presentation are made from within that range--and those choices are influenced, to some extent, by things like focus groups.

    It's about time people outside this country (and some inside it) really internalized the fact that we are not a democracy, nor even a republic, anywhere that the private sector reigns supreme. How that applies to media is that you cannot assume that what is said on TV has any particular relationship to what's in the hearts and minds of the American people.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:08:44 AM PST

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