Big Media 
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“What happened to radio, happened to television, and then it happened to cable.
If we are not diligent, then it will happen to the Internet [creating] a media plantation
for the 21st Century dominated by the same corporate and ideological forces that
have controlled the media for the last 50 years.”
Source: Bill Moyers, keynote speech (comparing big media corporations to plantation
owners and American media consumers to their slaves) opening 2007 Media Reform Conference, Jan. 12, 2007

"All across America news organizations have been devoured by massive corporations --
and allegiance to stockholders, the drive for higher share prices, and push for larger
dividend returns trumps everything that the grunts in the newsrooms consider their missions."
Laurie Garrett, former Newsday (NY) journalist  
Source: The Daily, Univ of Wash, Seattle, 3/29/05

"Consider that for the first time in human history a child is born into a home which television
is on an average of about seven hours a day. And for the first time in human history most
of the stories are told not by the parent, not by the school, not by the church, not by the
tribes or community, and in many places not even by the native country, but by a relatively
small group of conglomerates who have something to sell."
George Gerbner, communications researcher/scholar



Who'll Unplug Big Media?
The Nation

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details on the 2008 event

Read about the
2007 Media Reform Conference

Special issue of
The Nation:
National Entertainment State
(July 3, 2006)

Initiative Launched
June 20, 2006


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Why Ownership Matters

by C. Edwin Baker

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by Jeff Chester

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Read the Time Out NY Review of Fighting For Air.

Download the text
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Who Owns the Media?: Global Trends and Local Resistance
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Zed Books 
 June 2005 ISBN: 1842774689

The New Media Monopoly Beacon Press ISBN: 0807061875

Media Ownership,
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