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Thrust of argument: Nafiz Ahmed and Andrew Markell tell us: "So rather than creating knowledge, the global media industrial complex is designed to generate competing, polarized narratives around which different audiences coalesce into irreconcilable segregated communities; it reinforces beliefs without teaching critical thinking; it blunts an attitude of openness while promoting a banal left-right dichotomy that fuels a global culture of mindless consumerism". Direction of resistance / implied resistance: They point out: "At the heart of our collapsing democratic institutions sits the global media industrial complex. If you are brave enough to look closely you will see that both 'free press' and 'fake news' outlets operate as a structural extension of an extreme form of predatory capitalism, using information to capture wealth for the few at the expense of the many, by capturing our minds. They are two sides of one coin that make the same people obscene piles of cash.

We only have to peer under the hood to see this fact staring us in the face.

In the US, six huge transnational conglomerates own the entirety of the mass media, including newspapers, magazines, publishers, TV networks, cable channels, Hollywood studios, music labels and popular websites: Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal.

In the UK, 71% of UK national newspapers are owned by just three giant corporations, while 80% of local newspapers are owned by a mere five companies.

Today, the world's largest media owner is Google, closely followed by Walt Disney, Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Facebook. Together, Google and Facebook monopolize one-fifth of global ad revenue. And all these corporations control the bulk of what we read, watch and hear, including online. They define our understanding of the world and ourselves.

Yet they reflect a tiny number of people who have a very narrow outlook on the world."

 

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Removal of resistance: They suggest: 'If you see you can act. It becomes obvious that the only solution is to redesign the journalistic format such that new ideas and information lead to constructive action.' Unification: Read the rest of their article via the link in the references below.

What I think is very important is to understand what Noam Chomsky has taught in public on the topic of 'intellectual self defense' - I think everyone needs to pay attention to what that means, what it is and how they can personally go about strengthening that in their own life. The question of what 'democratic media' would be is also a key question for YOU reader to ask yourself (and others).
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(TVhobo's estimated size of readership since 2013, mainly in the UK and USA, with Germany in third place:
over 200,000 readers across approximately 200 cities/towns

 

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/01/the-collapse-of-media-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

 

 

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