Media

It has been demonstrated that concentrated ownership of the media in the hands of a few corporate media conglomerates has a negative impact on democracy. The articles posted here address mainstream media, cable, radio, the blogosphere and social media as a means of challenging and possibly dismantling the media industrial complex

The Revictimizing of Janay Rice

Janay Rice

Dave Zirin: No one cares that she’s basically now being used as a soapbox with otherwise apolitical NFL commentators using her prone body to get on their high horse and safely blast the league.

Mainstream Media Proving Stalin Right

Proving Stalin Right

Gary Corseri: It has been about 40 years since I thought Joan Rivers somewhat amusing. How in hell does the news of her passing take priority over the lives and concerns of millions of working Americans?

Is the Internet Good for Us?

Reforming Our Communications Infrastructure

Randy Shaw: Top viewed news and video traffic are far more likely to involve cats, babies, celebrities or corporate-funded stories than information that helps people make sound policy choices for society or their own lives.

Protecting Jennifer Lawrence’s Privacy

Jennifer Lawrence

Tara Culp-Ressler: Even with strengthened state and federal laws, legal challenges against revenge porn often face an uphill battle thanks to the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a federal law that courts have interpreted to mean that websites aren’t liable for users’ content.

Who Are Our Heroes?

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Steve Hochstadt: Robertson has a great beard, which I appreciate. But I don’t think his wild hair recommended him to the most clean shaven, tightly coiffed class of Americans – politicians.

A Tale of Two Alleged Iran Nuke Leakers

Iran Nuke Leakers

Marcy Wheeler: Last week focused a lot of attention on New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing the threat of jail time for refusing to testify in a leak case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.

Advertising of, by, and for the Rich

It is also a function of our own gullibility in making dimwit celebrities into members of the arrogant rich class. That includes all the obvious examples that populate the “entertainment news” shows – an oxymoronic tv genre as crazy as “reality tv.” And dimwit celebrities likewise include most of those with specific athletic skills who attended college without graduating, then signed $35 million contracts to throw or catch a ball because we are stupid enough to make that economically viable.

Larry Wines: Even if I’m writing the dialog for what I’m seeing, my tv is not safe from flying shoes. Every time I see that ad for The Cadillac Collection, I turn into Lewis Black.

Why Sarah Palin TV Makes Perfect Sense

sarah palin tv

Nia-Malika Henderson: Over the last years, with her reality shows, Palin went the Kardashian route, but now she will add a dash of her early professional life as well, offering up all things Palin via your tablet, phone, or computer.

Two Minutes of Hate: The Bergdahl Edition

Bowe Bergdahl Deserter

Tina Dupuy: Bergdahl’s colleagues rushed to national television cameras to use words like “deserter” and “traitor” and those who hoped this could possibly damage the president merrily propagated it.

A Very Loud Silence

New York Times Gaza

Murray Polner: How is it that for eight long days (at this writing), its editorial board has chosen to remain voiceless during the Israeli-Palestinian Gaza War, with its pitiless air war, soaring rockets, a growing army of refugees, and mounting civilian deaths?

Telling Stories Versus Telling Data

Selling Through Personal Stories

Claude Fischer: Ronald Reagan, a B-movie actor and an experienced rubber chicken circuit speaker before he became a candidate for office, had remarkable skills in telling amusing, heart-warming, patriotic, and politically-pointed stories.

Immigrants and the Cootie Offense

public health hysteria

Tina Dupuy: You know where the Ground Zero of our whooping cough epidemic is in this country? In affluent, helicopter-parent neighborhoods where lefty science deniers refused to get their spawn vaccinated. You know where it’s not? At the border.

New York Times Neocons Slither Back

New York Times Neocons Slither Back

Murray Polner: It’s far too early to make definitive judgments about the future of Iraq, Syria, ISIS and the Middle East. But Margaret Sullivan is dead right that “readers have good reason to be wary about what appears in the paper about military intervention in Iraq.”

Bring Us More Dick Cheney…and Liz

Dick and Liz Cheney

Tina Dupuy: It looks like liberals taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism poster child Liz Cheney to illuminate the Dark Side of our post-9/11 world.

Government Surveillance from Cointelpro to Snowden

Intrusive Government Surveillance

Bob Nelson: The apologists for the national security state were caught off guard by the breadth of the revelations. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, initially argued that the public should have no concern if they have done nothing to hide.

The Real Piketty Scandal (Is Right-Wing Deception)

Piketty Scandal

RJ Eskow: Encouraging more conservatives to engage in honorable debate may seem like an overly ambitious goal. But, hey, they got me to say something nice about the National Review, so anything’s possible.

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