Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A Clear and Present Signal: To Infinity & Beyond

Infinity Broadcasting and Clear Channel are huge media entities. Between them, they own hundreds of radio stations across the US, including more than a dozen in the Bay area. From the “Smooth Jazz” sounds of WSJT to the “Cracker Jack” antics of Jack Harris at 970, WFLA, chances are you are an Infinity/Clear listener at some point during the week. But should that much power be vested in the hands of just two companies? Or are they doing such a great job it doesn’t matter? Or maybe, in a land of pod-casts, in-dash CD’s, and satellite radio, people feel too empowered to care ... Still, to have the influence and control of a powerful mass communication device like radio held hostage by a handful of corporate centers of gravity (however benign) cannot help but ultimately make subservient the wishes of the many to the whims of the few.


Blogger Charles said...

Personally, I feel the (close to a) monopoly trend we are seeing in the public media is a huge push to control the free flow of information. This is the reason such was prevented in years past, so that no one would be able to control information. Now that we have no "Reds" to worry about, I think the push is to ram propaganda down all of our throats. These days, if you state an opinion, you either "are a traitor", or a "liberal".

Thursday, August 04, 2005 7:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the only solution is to stop watching tv, stop listening to the radio, read the foreign news online, read the underground newspapers, and so on. The media is an instrument of totalitarianism.

Monday, August 08, 2005 8:45:00 AM  

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