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The Media Consolidation Problem

The information that we read, watch or listen to help shape our ideas and views. What if it was being controlled by one person or company ? What about six?

IsoRod, Published on Jul 11, 2012
Media consolidation has been something I had been aware of for quite sometime. This Business Insider article has reminded me how troubling it is. The article notes that the graphic is a year old and some transactions have taken place that are not reflected on it. I think the most important things was that Comcast was now the number sixth company replacing GE (General Electric) which once own it and NBC. Also AOL, which owns the Huffington Post and is no longer part of the Time Warner company.

The info-graphic was created by Jason @ Frugal Dad.. Below the graphic is shown. Check out some of my thoughts about the relevance of this to the future creators under the info-graphic.

Frugal Dad

The major concern this causes is the homogeny of the information that we are receiving. Even though there are more news channels than ever before, they all seem to be showing the same stories at any given time. The only notable difference being the channel's political stance which either leans right or left. That is why there is trend that people are resorting to comedy/entertainment shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for their information.

One of the reasons I believe writing and storytelling is so important because it allows us as writers and aritists to share and reach people in ways they may not even be aware of. Science fiction in the past has been used to broach sensitive topics like prejudice and racism, which could be seen in stories done in shows like 'The Twilight Zone' and 'The Outer Limit'. Even in comics Marvel's mutants were a substitutes for minorities in the real world. The mutant heroes were always looking for ways to better the world and prompt tolerance for people who were different. The author, George Orwell wrote novels like 'Animal Farm' that examined communism in the guise of animals rebelling against a cruel farmer and '1984' which looks at what an authoritarian government controlled world would mean to an individual. Especially when that government controlled everything you read, watched and listened to.

Writing, art or venues usually set aside as entertainment are a great way to reach people even in a world where mass media controls 90% of the information presented to us. As creators we can help present different ideas and point views besides those being disseminated by six media giants and hopeful have people enjoy sharing and learning along the way. What do you think? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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  1. Josef

    A recent feature on CBS Sunday Morning stated that the rise of blogs and the internet has become the new equivalent of having many different newspapers run by many different organizations. Back in the beginning of the twentieth century, many newspapers gave many a voice to be heard. In this day and age one is now privy to all sorts or opinion and information at least on the internet. The only problem now as it was then is how to discern which information is useful and which is junk. I think if one is properly educated enough one would know how to sift through the muck that is the traffic jam on the information superhighways. How many times have you read something online and easily thought "hoax"? I feel there are new opportunities to put the truth out there every day and we can still find more. Even if the Network 23s control the majority of the distribution, the Max Headrooms among us will find a way to be heard. Just stay away from blip-blip-blip verts...

    #3 – 17 July, 2012 at 2:37 pm

  2. IsoRod

    But the issue is if you are aware of it then you can do something about it. Look for different sources and do your own research. To be unaware is probably the greater issue. But my point is we can try to reach the unaware with our works. They may not realize it but we might still be able to make an impact on these folks. That is why books and the educated people are purged in stories like 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and real world horror stories like World War II Gremany. Even if they control information, ideas in stories, books and movies can still effect people.

    #2 – 13 July, 2012 at 10:58 pm

  3. DC

    HEH, you think this is shocking? Work the internet a bit, run a search looking for the companies that own make and ultimately distribute might be shocked. Or maybe not!?!

    All that stuff aside, homogeneity of information isn't IMHO the real worry. These men control who you listen to and how you hear an opinion. They help you form your opinions. They effect how you make value judgments and they done so for years, hell generations (William Randolph Hearst any body?).

    Just something to think about.

    #1 – 13 July, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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