Media Monopolies Influence On Politics

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Media Monopolies’ Influence on Politics Mickey Carroll PCM Professor Doda November 15, 2010 Americans turn to various media outlets for news and entertainment, from the Internet to television, radio and newspapers. Generally, we trust the news to keep us informed. We don’t expect information to be left out, or major news stories to go unaddressed. Unfortunately, as Ben Bagdikian proves in “The New Media Monopoly,” major media monopolies have taken advantage of our ignorance. They affect our everyday lives from the television shows we watch to the political candidates on the ballot in November. The media’s role is to inform the public to the best of their ability so Americans can make informed decisions. A democracy is a government for and by the people, with power vested to the people, and carried out through our elected officials. The new media monopolies are censoring the public’s information to the point that our decisions become ill informed. Elected officials are influenced greatly by these monopolies as well, and it seems as though one has no chance in politics without some affiliation with these corporations. The media’s misinformation to the public, a media greatly owned by one of the Big Five – Time Warner, Disney, News Corporation, Viacom, or Bertelsmann – combined with the growing influence of these corporations on politicians, is compromising American democracy. Bagdikian refers to the actions of the Big Five as cartel-like. While controlling most of the media we come in contact with daily, from newspapers to movie studios, they often sit one another’s board of directors and work with one another because it is mutually helpful in their expansion and continued power. If another corporation begins to grow to mammoth proportions, it most likely still cannot compete with the Big Five, but will probably be bought out by one of them.
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