Every town and berg should claim some air or cable space for a Community TV channel. We have several, 5 or 6. They will train and then loan camera's for your own news or whatever. Or use their studio to program local events and items of interest. Spreading the word to the community. I Tunes has a good bit of radio stations. It's boiled down to 5 corporations owning 95% of the media, print, radio, air and cable. All sharing the same agenda to keep it that way. Like Claire says: Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western. Education depravation maintaining diversions perpetuating profits in Dysfunction Junction. Skolnick had it right.
When the FCC cops aren't raiding and pillaging. Pirate "Freak" Radio is a good source. They are a logistical vs right to "public" airwaves. Off the commercial grid. Low frequency and short wave systems to inform the people too. As we're supposed to be protected by free speech and a free press, Not jailed and the equipment confiscated.
The Wrecking Crew, on How Conservatives Rule
Democracy Now Interview: Thomas Frank
“Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called "alarmist" for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote "in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media" -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world's largest media corporation.
In 2004, Bagdikian's revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations -- Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) -- now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric's NBC is a close sixth.