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Frugal dad Warns of ‘The Illusion of Choice’

Posted by Laurel L. Russwurm on May 28, 2012

One of the problems we face here in the 21st century is that all the mainstream media is concentrated.

This has long been a problem in Canada. Growing up I heard that the Canadian market was disadvantaged because we had a much smaller population spread over a large space. Canadian government attempted to level the playing field for Canadians in the various media by instituting such ill advised policies as “Canadian Content” rules.

But reading Janis Ian’s Internet Debacle I was surprised to discover that Americans have the exact same problem. Not because they don’t have enough people , but because they no longer have enough companies.  Companies have merged, and merged, and merged some more, so now they are all massive behemoths.

Recently a friend explained to me that the non-English speaking European country her family hails from has airwaves that are dominated by the very same American music that dominates our “sovereign” airwaves here in Canada.

The problem, you see, is that the same handful of multinational corporations control all of the mainstream media.  They own radio stations, television networks, Internet service providers, newspapers, book publishing houses, recording companies, movie studios . . . and dominate the world market.

And each of them control creative enterprises as well as distribution networks, newspapers, radio, television, magazine and book publishing, music recoding, television production and distribution…. These days, it seems dominating the world market isn’t good enough.  Now they are trying to dominate world governments.  Which explains the American SOPA, the UK Digital Economy Act, and a spate of Canadian laws like Bill C-11.

This is Frugal Dad’s awesome infographic:

Media Consolidation Infographic

Source: Frugal dad

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