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  •  Not just political system owned by monied (1+ / 0-)
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    interests: our news media is completely reliant on ad revenues resulting from ratings numbers. This leads to infotainment reporting.

    I posted a diary yesterday about how similar our direction looks to what was happening in France in the 1780s. Really, our democracy is in peril. And I agree that the conduits necessary for making peaceful democratic changes are fast disappearing.

    Last week I even posted a diary about how our public television is corporate controlled and woefully dependent on money from major sponsors just to make the few shows they make. Editorial compromise is prohibited, but as a PBS producer I can tell you, if push came to shove, PBS really has little power to enforce that standard. And this is supposed to be the 'unbiased' voice/media.

    We are in deep trouble. And I agree 100% with this article: our only hope for peaceful change is fundamentally changing campaign finance laws. And the only way that happens is judicially, as our legislators have zero incentive to alter it.

    •  Need to revert FCC to public interest again (2+ / 0-)
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      mdmslle, standingup

      Without the FCC operating on a basis that puts and keeps public interest at its core, we'll never see/hear the mass media that deigns to inform the electorate.

      Your opening-sentence was going in the direction I'm thinking of, that we're not going to have corporate-controlled media do much of anything besides the current steady feed of commercial-consumption-maintenance and corporate-propaganda and distraction from the issues.

      It's a trifecta I believe necessary: without such media reform, we can't get enough air time to inform what base of interested citizens may exist, nor enough repetition to impact a sufficient number on the issues before another dancing with stars climax becomes the utmost important eyeball-driver.  

      With such media available, then revolutions in campaign finance and lobbying might be doable.

      Part of MHO, thanks for the spark!

      adapting the world to himself...all progress depends on the unreasonable man
      -GB Shaw

      by luaptifer on Sun Jul 03, 2011 at 08:13:11 PM PDT

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      •  The problem is that the media market (0+ / 0-)

        has changed in ways that make the FCC much less relevant.

        The FCC can regulate over-the-air broadcasting because, under Federal law, the radio frequency spectrum is public property. Cable and satellite networks are not.

        There is no way to allow for government regulation of private networks without running foul of the 1st Amendment.


        "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
        "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

        by Leftie Gunner on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 09:28:33 AM PDT

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