In six editions of "The Media Monopoly" and subsequent update titled, "The New Media Monopoly," Ben Bagdikian explained how deregulation let major media corporations consolidate to oligopoly size.
Since 1983, the number of corporations owning most newspapers, magazines, book publishers, recorded music, movie studios, television and radio stations shrunk from 50 to a handful, including Time-Warner, Disney, News Corp., Viacom, Comcast, and Bertelsmann AG.
posted by: Rich Gardner
begins: Apr 8, 8:00 am
ends: Apr 10, 5:00 am
location: Seaport World Trade Center Boston 1 Seaport Lane Boston, MA 02210
NCMR 2011 is your chance to meet, share ideas with and be inspired by thousands of people who care about the future of media, technology and democracy. Whether this is the first time you’ve considered how media affect our lives or you’re a committed media reformer, your voice is needed.
On April 8 – 10, you’ll join activists, media makers, educators, journalists, artists and policymakers. You’ll find sessions about journalism and public media; technology and innovation; policy and politics; arts and culture; social justice and movement building; plus how-to workshops and hands-on trainings.
And that’s just during the day! In the evenings, we’ll screen films, catch live music performances and hear rousing speakers.
corrupted corporate media
Olbermann's Sacking Shifts US Media Further Right - by Stephen Lendman
Make no mistake. He didn't quit. He was pushed, the final straw perhaps being the January 18 FCC-approved Comcast-NBC Merger. Its chairman/CEO Brian Roberts co-chaired the 2000 Republican Convention host committee, and COO Stephen Burke/now NBC Universal CEO tilts heavily to Republicans. According to Public Citizen and Think Progress, he raised at least $200,000 for Bush's 2004 campaign, served on his Council on Science and Technology, and may wish to make MSNBC another Fox, despite pledging no "interference with NBC Universal's news operations."
Watchdog | 01.04.2011
Project Censored's latest is yet another indictment of the Business-Uber-Alles mainstream media.
Please consider exercising your right as a resident of your local public
library district to ask them to purchase the Censored 2011 book:
Project Censored's Top 25 Censored Stories of 2011
25. Prisoners Still Brutalized at Gitmo
David McKenna | 12.23.2010
There it was in big bold caps, the main headline on the front page of
Monday’s Philadelphia Inquirer: BEYOND BELIEF. Had Obama
created a jobs program? Had Martians
landed in New Jersey, or among Florida’s frozen oranges?
No, it was an Eagles story. Under the headline was a color photo of running back DeSean Jackson prancing toward the winning touchdown in the final seconds of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, at New Meadowlands Stadium in North Jersey. (Don’t ask me why an NYC team makes its home in Jersey.) The football game was big news because the Eagles, led by quarterback Michael Vick, the former dog-slaying outcast, had scored 28 points in the last eight minutes of the game.
In America, victory=redemption. That’s in case you were wondering why animal lovers are no longer dogging Vick.
Freenet User | 12.04.2010
In the wake of the Wikileaks takedown, it's clear we need safer ways to propagate knowledge
Freenet is a P2P network similar to Bittorrent or Napster (the old Napster), except it's secure and anonymous.
Now is a good time to learn to use Freenet to create safer networks for sensitive information. I've put up three copies of Cablegate into Freenet, at the URLs below. They will work once you have Freenet installed.
To get Freenet, go to http://freenetproject.org
Todd Wolfson | 09.15.2010
On Monday the White House announced another round of grant recipients in the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP). Among the grants awarded was a $11.8 million Sustainable Broadband Adoption grant to the Urban Affairs Coalition and several sub-recipients, including the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP).
On Monday the White House announced another round of grant recipients in the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP). Among the grants awarded was a $11.8 million Sustainable Broadband Adoption grant to the Urban Affairs Coalition and several sub-recipients, including the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP). The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides grants to expand broadband access and adoption in communities across the U.S. in order to increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits.
Stephen Lendman | 08.03.2010
the myth of the liberal media
The Liberal Media: Rest in Peace - by Stephen Lendman
The New York Times never qualified, run exclusively as a voice for power and privilege. The same, of course, holds for virtually all mainstream publications, including the Nation magazine, suppressing, sanitizing, and distorting truths, betraying its readers since 1865.
Its founding prospectus said it "will not be the organ of any party, sect, or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is marred."
Stephen Lendman | 07.18.2010
more proof of major media bias
Harvard Study Documents Media Bias and Misreporting - by Stephen Lendman
This writer's November 2009 article titled "Paid Lying: What Passes for Major Media Journalism" also discussed it in detail, accessed through the following link:
It called major media journalism biased, irresponsible, and sensationalist - misreporting, distorting, exaggerating, misstating, or suppressing vital truths - serving state and corporate interests over the common good, including bankers controlling the nation's money, unpunished corruption at the highest levels, democracy for the select few, sham elections, a de facto one party state, imperial wars, occupation, and torture.
Harvard Report on Waterboarding