Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bad Review

Today's column for the Daily Banter takes a look at the dangers of corporate media ownership, as made glaringly obvious by the way CBS just fucked CNET.

Here's the opening shot:

"An unfortunate truth about most examples of the dangers of corporate media ownership is that they’re invisible. This is because it’s often not about what a corporate media owner does do but what it doesn’t, what stories don’t get reported and what actions aren’t taken. There’s a design to this and it’s basically so that there’s always plausible deniability. How can you prove something that never actually happened? It’s rare that a massive multinational, media-oriented or otherwise, puts visible pressure on one of the smaller media companies it owns and therefore makes it obvious to everyone watching just how insidious corporate ownership can be when it comes to what the general public sees and hears. In other words, it’s rare that this kind of thing doesn’t operate in the shadows and a big media owner comes right out and admits that it’s screwing with the flow of information.

Maybe that’s what makes CBS’s colossal overreach with CNET so damn startling and fascinating."

Read the Rest Here

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