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  •  This Is How Our System is Designed for Media to (4+ / 0-)

    work.

    The reason that new media are more journalistic is because they are TINY. The reason old media promote the corporate agenda is because they are large enough to be serious businesses with mainstream sized audiences, and generally promoting the corporate agenda is the only way they can be big enough to serve the mainstream.

    As soon as any new media become big enough to be mainstream, they're going to be promoting the corporate agenda as well. I seem to see plenty of opinion to that effect about the Huffington Post right now.

    It's appropriate on the day marking the formal intellectual beginning of our original revolution to point out that the big problem here is one of our several most sacred expressions of rights. In our time, its utter capitulation to global corporations is a danger to the whole world. The issue is not speech but press. The people and large private powers are easily able of being untangled. Press freedom however is a specifically corporate freedom that is not at all a freedom for everyday individual human activity. There's not much that can be done for the nation's information environment with such a total ban on government.

    We need to begin the philosophical journey toward a new framework defining a relationship between government and communication that is nurturing and protective of the people, the nation, civilization and its only home planet. Assuming we still have time.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 01:29:07 PM PDT

    •  Part of the reason is that Bush.... (1+ / 0-)
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      changed the rules when he came into office.

      He made sure his people at the FCC killed the regulations designed to keep any one entity from obtaining a monopoly on the media, especially in specific markets. This meant that huge broadcast conglomerates couldn't buy up everything in sight.

      It also used to be a requirement that broadcast corporations must provide a minimum amount of news per day as a public service. Because it was a requirement, there wasn't a huge pressure for ratings and most broadcast companies ran their news departments at a loss...and gave them autonomy to report the news as they saw fit.

      Now? "News" is seen as a moneymaker, period, and the more sensational, the more tabloid, the more it serves the corporation's political interests, the better.  

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Sun Jul 04, 2010 at 02:23:14 PM PDT

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