hardly! With the passage of new ownership rules, the monopoly control of
the media is protected and ensured to surf the waves of public discourse
with impunity. The FCC, better known as the federal consent club, is a creature
of the approved ‘PC’ culture. No wonder the shock and awe of programming
is reserved to classic broadcasts from another era.
FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell said in an interview: "If I did exactly what
I am being urged to do," which is to let the current rules stand, "the result
would be disastrous," meaning the rules would be tossed out by the court,
leading to an unpoliced environment of unfettered consolidation. So goes
the expressed newspeak from Colin’s number one offspring! The "Powell Rules"
contrast with another member of the commission, Michael J. Copps: "They will
take the media and the country into very perilous waters. I think we are
damaging localism, diversity and competition, making it harder for alternative
viewpoints and information to see the light of day."
So who is correct? This occasion confirms that all is well in the board rooms, while boredom and
monotony reigns in the bedroom. TV watching at home means that the position
of this missionary will preach only one sermon. Even a break from midnight
lewdness, sitcoms, soaps and mindless talk, will not be refreshed by reading
the newspaper. The same message will be found in those rags as viewed in
the latest network exploitation. Fewer owners means stronger controllers
with a greater rigidity for those with whom frigidity towards the truth is
their biggest pleasure.
Cable and satellite programming isn’t much better. For every history channel
there are scores of dribble that appeals to the asses, being the mainstay
of the masses. Telecasting isn’t just big business, it is the decisive method
of communications. Today the connection has little to do with facts, truth
or meaning; but has everything to do with image, perception and indoctrination.
The printed press writes the initial version of history, as the visual media
selects the immediate agenda of what is newsworthy. Magazines strive to inject
reflection, while tabloids fetch the sensational. Wisdom is seldom found
in any venue, as the coordinated culture of compliance becomes syndicated
into consolidated and managed reality.
Pool news reporting becomes the spool of wire service reports that reflect
the mirror that most view the world. News functions by the standard ‘if it
bleeds it leads,’ while it avoids sober subjects and serious investigation.
Independent inquiry and substantive scrutiny is rare and virtually non existent
if it conflicts with any of the sacred cows of corporate management. The
New York Times debacle is more the rule than the exception.
The apparent reason is unavoidable, a uniform culture of conduct is indispensable
to advance a career. Remember that media reporting is a paid occupation,
with the requirement of editorial approval. There are no entrepreneurs of
autonomy working for the corporate news moguls.
When governments argue that the airwaves are public, thus demanding regulation
and licensing, the field for entry shrinks. The mega corporations that dominate
programming are dictators of content and are distant servants to their own
owners of company shares. What chance does the public have in voicing their
concerns or desires for programs? Advertisement still fills the coffers for
earnings, with most sponsors coming from the same corporate culture. Controversy
can be deadly, especially if the sheeple become offended. Again, so goes
the pretense of the barons of deception . . .
Many regard the media as mere entertainment, distraction or amusement. But
the substance of the medium is that it depicts the realness of events. Whether
subconscious, subliminal or intuitive; the images create a passive instilling
of what the ‘PC’ culture claims to be normal values and acceptable behavior.
For those aggrieved by such insults to basic common decency, the message
coming out of the media is amoral at best and more often, entirely depraved.
If you doubt this judgment, ask what are the likely prospects that trusted
and reliable genuine conservative voices can get serious air time?
Talk radio and the internet have been the only bright spots in a dismal picture
of certified collectivism and expanded government adoration. Do you really
believe that the concerns of Mr Copps -- damaging localism, diversity and
competition - will be safeguarded after the next round of media swaps, consolidation
and mergers? The only diversity we ever get is the kind that destroys our
heritage and attacks our traditions. Use your insight and start thinking
for yourselves . . . the only competition within the media community culture
is one that seeks to advance a career in complicity.
The internet requires active interplay and cognitional ability - one needs
to be able to read, think and understand. By that test, the pattern of average
viewership disqualifies them from advancing their political acumen. The lazy
nature of boob tub veterans draws sighs of relief for the celebrities of
idol worship. The only reality in TV is the combination in further control
and the uniformed message that flows from clones that fit the corporate culture.
The State enjoys the benefit from a satisfied co-conspirator and partner.
When the journalist is hired by a regulated company, the prospects for authentic
accountability for government becomes doubtful. Mates protect each other
and are frequently rewarded with more loot for sealed lips. The FCC decision
proves that bed fellows often trade bodily fluids. Wonder if the risk of
disease can be confined just to the immoral or will the rest of the public
be subject to further contamination? For the answer, consider closely what
media you trust.
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