Presentation on theme: "A Problem: Consolidation of Media Ownership HAS THE CONSOLIDATION OF MEDIA OWNERSHIP BECOME A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY?"— Presentation transcript:
A Problem: Consolidation of Media Ownership HAS THE CONSOLIDATION OF MEDIA OWNERSHIP BECOME A THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY?
Since 2006, there are 8 media companies that dominate the markets (market values): Disney (ABC) (72.8 Billion) List of assetsList AOL-Time Warner (CNN) (90.7 Billion) Viacom (CBS) (53.9 Billion) General Electric (NBC) (390.6 Billion) List of assetsList News Corporation (FOX) (56.7 Billion) List of assetsList Yahoo! (40.1 Billion) Microsoft (306.8 Billion) Google (154.6 Billion)
WHEN CORPORATIONS GET THIS BIG? - IT IS PREDICTED THAT GLOBAL MEDIA MAY BECOME MORE POWERFUL THAN SOME GOVERNMENTS. - IF GE WAS A COUNTRY, IT WOULD BE RICHER THAN 130 OTHER COUNTRIES BASED ON GNP. - LOCAL COMMUNITIES IS WHERE THE MOST DIRECT DEMOCRACY TAKES PLACE. NO NATIONAL PAPER, MAGAZINE, OR NETWORK CAN CATER TO THE 65,000 DIFFERENT POLLING LOCALS ACROSS THE U.S. - WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROBLEMS AS THESE MEDIA CORPORATIONS CONTINUE TO GROW?
- What is the governments role in media consolidation? - What is our role in media consolidation?
IS THE INTERNET THE ANSWER TO THE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION?