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  •  Double recs... (2+ / 0-)
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    Jim P, walkshills

    Looks like we should form an exploratory committee... I'll try to dig into cable-severing strategy if you want to take on crowd-sourced media buys.

    This Comcast-Time/Warner merger effort reeks of weakness rather than greed. A show of popular strength at this moment could actually pave the for industry-wide reforms, like say, mandatory provision of free political time for candidates and referenda to drive down the cost of politics.

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:48:45 PM PDT

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    •  I've got, over time, a few others who are (2+ / 0-)
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      walkshills, Mogolori

      interested in the Media as 1% Lynchpin and what to do about it angle. Although stupidly I've forgotten almost all their names. Hope they'll identify themselves.

      Maybe it's time to start a group. You think?

      Not sure what exactly my situation allows me to do in terms of researching anything, but I can always write. I've been thinking about media since a boy, literally. Even so, I was struck by the angles you brought up, which I've never really pondered or emphasized.

      I just want to get the thing most-needed ignited somehow. Certainly we're in this pickle because our rulers followed the old maxim: 'first, seize the presses.' Past time to change that.


      Real fixes, outside the coffin fixes, ain't ever pragmatic says Political Conventional Wisdoom.

      by Jim P on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:23:28 PM PDT

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      •  I'm referring to this in particular. Repetition (1+ / 0-)
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        needed. Knew it in my gut, but never thought it or said it. It's a very potent point you made.

        No doubt a primary shortcoming of the Internet's first 20 years in political communication has been in shaping mass opinion.  Virality -- the internet's contribution is mass-ism -- fails at a core advertising and public relations principle, repetition.  Conveying topical political messages beyond good hair and teeth takes repetition, most especially when trying to engage the disinterested, disaffected, discombobulated, disconnected, and disrobed.  


        Real fixes, outside the coffin fixes, ain't ever pragmatic says Political Conventional Wisdoom.

        by Jim P on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 10:25:47 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks...Not sure I'd thought of it quite that way (1+ / 0-)
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          before tonight, either. That's how writing can be, a way to bake your cake. I had the ingredients in the pantry, but started cooking at your instigation.

          I'll keep an eye out for your stuff over the next little while, and meanwhile refine my thoughts. You can sense the pressure out there to make TV a tool again, and to see our struggles and solutions better reflected. I don't think positive change means more Internet and app stratification.  I think the solution involves mass movements behind big, discreet ideas, and marching with our feet instead of our thumbs.

          Whatever the Internet has brought to society, it has not galvanized it into sufficient, coordinated action. That's a bug and not a feature.

          "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

          by Mogolori on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:01:30 AM PDT

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          •  Egypt, Greece, Iran, Spain, Portugal.... (1+ / 0-)
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            they've all shown that the internet can get a crowd, but the local Powers keep the main media, the one which everyone sees, and they win. The people don't. Yes, finding the right role for the internet as a real tool is the thing unaddressed to this day -- except for fantasies that somehow it will replace mass-reach media someday. Well, it won't.


            Real fixes, outside the coffin fixes, ain't ever pragmatic says Political Conventional Wisdoom.

            by Jim P on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:22:14 AM PDT

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