Gleaned from: http://www.newser.com/story/5562.html
When we hear the term “media democracy‘ it suggests a positive idea and open airwaves for the fair play of ideas, debates, facts and opinion.
What is the flip side? Media fascism? Canadians must soon become more aware of the impending threat of corporate control of the media. Embedded journalism, near monopoly ownership of newspapers, radio and television stations and the Internet, all threaten our ability to act as free agents in a democracy. We risk sliding into a controlled and managed society little different than the sanitized aisles of the local Wal-Mart – a place in which all must smile and there can be no dissent, no questions and the price is always fixed.
At a recent concert, featuring Pearl Jam, and sponsored by AT&T, lyrics “… critical of the president didn’t make it past editors of the show’s Webcast…”. The company claimed the lyrics were cut by mistake.
Read the Chicago Tribune article here.
“Critics of large Internet providers like AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and others seized on the incident as an example of why Congress should pass legislation to guarantee the freedom of Internet content from manipulation by the large corporations that provide Internet connectivity.”
In the united States the issue of media democracy is referred to as net neutrality – that is – to be free of exactly this type of corporate interference.