corporate media

Your children are being conditioned to nag you for more stuff. Dissatisfaction is key to driving consumption. Yet we wonder how we’re a both a rich nation and increasingly depressed. Please don’t subject your children to this madness.

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled a majority of American media. Now that number is six. Now Obama FCC Chairman is trying to end a rule preventing companies from owning a newspaper and radio and TV stations in the same big city. When this was last tried this under GW Bush, millions of people turned out in protest. Among those who voted against the consolidation were Senators Obama, Biden and Clinton.

Unsurprisingly those 6 media companies have almost completely block out that this is going on. If you are allowing the mainstream media to filter your news, be it MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN or FOX you are getting a seriously distorted view of reality. Unplug from the system because it is getting worse.

Curious how people get their news. The chief way our political system is rigged for big corporations is through the corporate media. I imagine the only hope of change is unplugging from the system. I’ve pretty much been off MSM TV and newspapers for 4 years. I avoid MSM webpages but get stories from them indirectly through an rss feed using feedly. I prefer my own filter. I prefer sites with engaged commenters where disinformation can be challenged. Podcasts, and iTunesU are other great ways to learn. Here’s some of what’s in my inbox. Anyone else want to share?

In the Master Switch Wu’s sweeping history shows, each of the new media of the twentieth century—radio,telephone, television, and film—was born free and open. Each allowed unrestricted use and unregulated speech by ordinary citizens, until competition was extinguished and a few corporate powers entrenched by government regulation.
The Master Switch


If you have any doubt the media is too often a monolith, look at this Conan clip.

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