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  •  Media reform, in some way shape or form... (0+ / 0-)

    needs to be pounded into the Democratic platform soon. I'm not talking about going as far as "The Fairness Doctrine." Although, a slightly less stringent version of it might work today. But consolidation is the bane of any media venue. It definitely needs to stop.

    Break 'em up.

    We did it with the banks at one time. And the telecoms were broke up more recently. Both times it worked... at least for a while. Sure, both industries have since consolidated once again. But that was because the regulators pulled back, and Congress did a piss poor job of oversight.

    "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 05:49:29 PM PDT

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    •  Idk. Do we overestimate traditional media in the (1+ / 0-)
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      Internet age? I mean even when O'Relly, by far Fox News' top rated show, was at his peak last election cycle, he was pulling in around 3 million viewers. That's a lot of viewers (relative to other cable news networks), but the season premiere of Duck Dynasty on A&E had three times as many viewers as that!

      So if we get behind some sort of attempt at media reform, I'm afraid we will only be expending a lot of effort reforming institutions that are increasingly of little use to the American people. I think we might be better served by continuing to develop innovative new ways to reach out in the Internet/iThing era and get people involved - and actually, this site is just such an example of what that strategy looks like in practice! I mean, for example, we finally got our progressive news channel alternative to Fox, right? Yet I'm quite certain this site has been and continues to be far more influential on the progressive movement than msnbc - in no small part due to the tools this format provides for organizing and taking action.

      Social media is really the future I think. Big media? Well, as long as conservatives continue to dominate in that venue, they'll keep on tricking themselves into thinking they are communicating with the masses, when really no ones watching.

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