Media Reform

Susan Douglas - NEWS YOU CAN LOSE (column)

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Ever since I read the provocatively hilarious book WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, I've enjoyed Susan Douglas' commentary. Here, she comments on how banal "horse race coverage" of the presidential "election" (and I use the term loosely) remains.

News You Can Lose
By Susan J. Douglas

Read the whole article here.

Remember how Dubya got kid-glove treatment during the 2000 debates, while the press incessantly ridiculed Al Gore? Well, here we go again.

"Learn about Big Media and Media Consolidation"

From kiten2cat12345 on YouTube:

"This is a simple, easy to understand, overview of the situation of media in America and where to go to find information and alternative sources.
I don't specifically mention the big media corporations, but if you are interested they are General Electric, Walt Disney Company, Viacom/CBS, Time Warner, and News Corporation.

Important Places You Should Go:

HOMELAND: An Election Without Meaning?

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From ACME advisory board member Peter Phillips.

An Election Without Meaning

By Peter Phillips

ACME Summit 2008

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ACME Summit 2008

Teach ordinary citizens how to beat big media and create a more democratic 21st century media culture.

June 5th, 2008
Minneapolis, MN

Summit Registration

More than 250 gathered at strategy summit resolve to create web end-run of "corporate media"


UPDATED 10:56 p.m., Jan. 29, 2008

By Bill Densmore
The Media Giraffe Project

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- More than 250 activists meeting at a conference hotel here over three days resolved to create a new "non-corporate" news aggregation website that would serve as a distribution system for progressive political and policy news, according to a key organizer contacted on Tuesday.  "We don't want blogging, really, as much as we want hard news and analysis," said W. David Kubiak, of Half Moon Bay, Calif.

“It’s Our Web”

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Get ORWELL on the PHONE: FCC's Kevin Martin Threatening Media Ownership Overhaul by Year's End

Remember summer 2003, friends?

When the FCC issued its June 2, 2003 decision that would have made it possible for one media corporation to own as many as 8 radio stations, 3 TV stations, the cable franchise, and the daily newspaper all in one "market"?

Guess what? They're back. Or rather, the idea is back.

See this - USA TODAY article.

FCC urged to go slow on media ownership overhaul

By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

Podcast with Drew Clark on the FCC, Media and Technology

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Through my work as a Digital Media Producer for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, I was fortunate to be able to help produce a podcast (MP3) from today's luncheon series with Drew Clark, Project Manager for the Center for Public Integrity.

'New news vs Old news' is an old story

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The crux of Tom Regan's thesis (article below) is: "The reality in today's world of online journalism is that both old and new views count, and traditional journalists ignore this at their own peril."

He defines "new" news views as youth interests such as stories about the iPhone and "old" views as NY Times stories about the Iraq war. I see it as more than youth vs aged.

How Biased Should News Be?

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Here's a question. Should the news try to be objective? There is no doubt that Olbermann is a brilliant, articulate, analytic genius whose passion tends to agree with mine, and I love him. But, should we evolve toward a news environment that is totally composed of competing one-sided shows (like Olbermann and O'Reilly)? That seems to be the direction we are heading.

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