Thursday, August 8, 2013
My Big Wish List (for myself and humanity): # 2 The Fall of BIG Media
Noam Chomsky once said, “Violence is to dictatorship as propaganda is to democracy.” Everyone already knows that “he” who controls the information, in fact, controls the world. In the US, our most powerful, lucrative, and not-so-subliminal propaganda machine is Big Media.
Lest I need to remind you, one of our nation’s founding principles is free speech, which can only come from a free press. However, in the past few decades, free press has been devoured by political parties and even bigger businesses, all with transparent motives. The Federal Communications Commission (“You down with FCC? Yeah, you know me”….then you also know I, the FCC, am a GOVERNMENT AGENCY—pssst, I am on “their” team!) was specifically created to ensure free speech and free press…wha, wha, wha…..
And if you are not sure who exactly is “big media”, just turn on your television. In other words, if you think you are getting “free press” in the US, then you are clueless (and that is exactly what Big Media is counting on!) Follow the money. Don’t listen to me, do your OWN homework!
Here are some practical tactics to safe-guard free speech and free press in the US and beyond until ALL people are operating at higher levels of consciousness (and then there will be FULL transparency!):
1. Open internet. An open Internet has become indispensable for free speech; economic innovation; education and more— virtually every aspect of our democracy, not to mention our social systems.
2. Universal Access to Fast, Open and Affordable Broadband. One activist group, Free Press, is demanding that the FCC produce a national broadband plan that encourages competition (as opposed to the current monopolies) and rescues the millions of people (you know …“the marginalized”, “the poor people”, “the Untouchables”, etc.) still stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide.
3. Get More Local Radio Stations on the Air. For example, let’s return to local community-based radio-- in the form of new Low Power FM stations.
4. Educate people about the individuals and organizations behind today’s media.
These are just a few suggestions of the top of my former-Reuter’s Reporter head. I am counting on my fellow journalists, editors, “citizen journalists”, bloggers, readers, people in the television/film/IT/radio industries (people CURRENTLY in the Media) to take this on, please! True INFORMATION is the key to true COMMUNICATION, which is the key to true UNDERSTANDING, which is the key to true PEACE.
LIVE your bliss,