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January 26, 2008

What Does Corporate Control Of Media Mean?

-- by Dave Johnson

Think about this: When was the last time you heard, read or saw anyone in the major media explain the benefits of joining a union?

Almost all of the outlets for news and information in the United States are now owned by five corporations. From The New Media Monopoly,

When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian's warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation's news "alarmist." Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America's daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers, and movie companies has dwindled from fifty to ten to five.
Think about that. Five corporations control almost everything that most people in the country "know."

Again, think about this: When was the last time you heard, read or saw anyone in the major media explain the benefits of joining a union?

So, do you think these five corporations are using this near-total control of information for their own benefit, or not?

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 26, 2008 12:10 PM

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Interesting point! I definitely believe these corporations use their control over media to their advantage, especially during times of political gain.

I am also concerned about what is portrayed to and about particular ethnic groups during times of election, dissemination of general information or concepts as simple as entertainment.

Rijata - The So(ul)cial Media Project

Posted by: The So(ul)cial Media Project [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2008 2:07 PM

Interesting point! I definitely believe these corporations use their control over media to their advantage, especially during times of political gain.

I am also concerned about what is portrayed to and about particular ethnic groups during times of election, dissemination of general information or concepts as simple as entertainment.

Rijata - The So(ul)cial Media Project

Posted by: The So(ul)cial Media Project [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2008 2:08 PM

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