Nation Topics - Corporate Media and Consolidation
News and Features
With Congress poised to pass legislation that rewrites the Telecom Act,
here are ten action items for a media reform agenda.
The press that once went hoarse over Monica Lewinsky's dress is largely
silent over the Bush regime's vast abuses of power.
After a decade of strategic mergers, impulsive couplings and messy divorces--the birth of new media--this chart shows that national media landscape still bears the oversized footprints of a handful of giant corporations.
Americans overwhelmingly oppose media consolidation, but the FCC is poised to further relax media ownership rules.
In the guise of giving us what we want, media giants have created a
culture defined by untrammeled greed, the worship of power and a
ruthless disregard for the public good.
The fight over media consolidation is anachronistic. Progressives
should focus instead on mastering the tools of new media--it's here,
not in the corporate boardroom, where the new media wars will be fought
Corporations used to disguise their attempts to masquerade as
"indie," but now they've become invisible to the naked eye.
National media are increasingly catering to the highly mobile,
globalized, mostly white middle class, leaving those who can't afford
access to slip into a separate and unequal world of second-class
The music industry lives in fear of downloadable media, but artists
have the vision to re-engineer our collective psyche.
New forms of participatory media have changed public discourse,
enabling people to publish, share and disseminate their own media
creations. But will only the affluent be able to play?
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