Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Pondering the Media

Quote: 'Disney, AOL Time Warner, Viacom, News Corporation, Bertelsmann, General Electric, Sony, AT&T-Liberty Media, and Vivendi Universal. These giants own all the worlds major film studios, TV networks and music companies plus a large fraction of the most important cable channels, cable systems, magazines, major market TV stations, and book publishers. The largest, the recently merged AOL Time-Warner, has intergrated the leading Internet portal into the traditional media system. Another fifteen firms round out the system, meaning that two dozen firms control nearly the entirety of media experienced by most U.S. citizens.' End Quote.
This quote is from the book, Manufacturing Consent, The Political Economy of the Mass Media', by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky.

I don't know about you but this raises a multitude of troubling questions to me. All media is fueled by advertising dollars...glaringly apparent then is there is bias in the media and it is neither liberal or conservative; it is corporate. Like a computer virus, it has wormed its way throughout the political, economic and educational systems of our nation, subtly knawing away at our country's foundation. And now--with Internet Globalization a reality-- at the rest of the world nations, no matter what their form of government. Whatever happened to our own monopoly laws?

Foreboding thoughts for this early in the morning...think I'll go inside and eat an apple.

4 Comments:

Blogger mojoala said...

yes food for thought indeed.

another bite for thought:

Walmart: this corporation is slowly and methodically expanding across the globe putting grocery stores like Winn Dixie and Food World out of business.

Where my wife is from: New London, Ct. there were 3 major department stores. Walmart supercenter came in and withing 2 years all 3 stores shutdown and half the grocery stores shutdown.

8:54 AM  
Blogger porchwise said...

It seems to me that Walmart fits the definition of Monopoly but who is going to challange them? Certainly not the government.

9:46 AM  
Blogger mojoala said...

as world events unfold, we shall see....

6:07 AM  
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