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"The basis of our governments being the opinion of the
people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it
left to me to decide whether we should have a government without
newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a
moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should
receive those papers and be capable of reading them." Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1787.
As the author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson's
words are timeless and profound in their assessment of the importance
of the media and its relation to a functioning democracy.
Professors Robert McChesney & Marc Crispin
Miller critique government failure to regulate rich corporations,
thereby allowing media consolidation to undermine democracy and ignore
the public interest.
Both Miller and McChesney have been in the forefront of
addressing these issues in their respective positions as professors at New York University and University of Illinois and in the social movement
to counter media consolidation and to promote media justice, media
reform, and democratic ideals.
The struggle to control information and thereby manipulate
society is older than government itself. In the pre-Guttenberg
world, literacy was by far the exception even among the nobility and
the influence of a particular sector of society - the church -
profoundly limited what information would be placed on paper and
The creation of the printing press made the spread of
information a new power in the world. New forms of media
utilizing the internet and other networks such as cel phones and WiFi
are further upending the communication landscape.
But like the medieval church with its then unequaled resource
of monks and scribes, the mega corporations own the vast majority of
radio and television outlets and are self-interested, self-serving, and
with the best congressional suport that money can buy, self
-perpetuating. Their near monopoly perverts the function of an
informed electorate in a democracy. Their mantra is profit at any
cost and private interest over the public interest at all times.
The failure of the MSM - mainstream media - in confronting the Bush
administration and in beating the drums of war are tragic proof of the
consequences of having a defense contractor - war profiteer might be
more accurate - such as General Electric in control of a major network
such as NBC.
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