THE ROAD TO ELECTRONIC FEUDALISM BEGINS HERE
I’ve been lax in posting for a bit; from 29 May to 4 June I was in Southern California. Since then, I’ve just been trying to digest what I’ve been reading and seeing of late.
There have been many stories of import, of course, but nothing has pissed me off more than the way in which those stories were being told by the corporate media. With that in mind, I feel my first post in a couple of weeks should deal with the issue of information control and access.
One of the biggest problems with our dying democracy is the apathetic ignorance of the electorate. This combination of ignorance and apathy is consciously cultivated by a corporate media class which is determined to have us be nothing but consumers. This isn’t some backroom conspiracy; it is just business. The only way to combat this tendency– which is exacerbated by the continuing consolidation of more media outlets into fewer corporate hands– is through government regulation.
Unfortunately, such regulation is entrusted to elected representatives who are whoring for the very deep-pocketed corporations that we need to have reined in. One putrid local example of this is former Black Panther Bobby Rush, who is now the U.S. representative for Illinois’ 1st Congressional district. If anyone should understand the danger of giving more propaganda power to “The Man,” it should be Rush. It was Rush who co-sponsored the bill (along with a Texas Republican; no cause for concern there!) that has apparently now become the COPE Act.
For more on what this act means for us (especially progressives, who aren’t exactly the favored children of the conservative corporate elite), see the following stories. Do it quickly, too, for there’s no telling how long we’ll be able to maintain the progressive end of the web now that the corporate monsters have gotten their way.