Yesterday, the House approved a bill that would allow telecoms to use your privacy data any which way they want and there’s not a thing you can do about it, so there.
Christopher Ali from UVA’s department for media studies writes in The Conversation this morning:
Is it in the public’s interest to have an internet where ISPs can decide which websites load fastest? Is it in the public interest for AT&T to buy Time Warner, creating an even larger and more powerful media company? Is it in the public interest for incarcerated people and their families to pay exorbitant sums to speak to one another on the phone? Is it in the public interest to retain access to public broadcasting, which brings us everything from “Sherlock” to “Sesame Street”?
Media is more than just our window on the world. It’s how we talk to each other, how we engage with our society and our government. Without a media environment that serves the public’s need to be informed, connected and involved, our democracy and our society will suffer.
As former FCC chairman Nicholas Johnson put it:
“Whatever is your first priority, whether it is women’s rights or saving wildlife, your second priority has to be media reform. With it you at least have a chance of accomplishing your first priority. Without it, you don’t have a prayer.”
If only a few wealthy companies control how Americans communicate with each other, it will be harder for people to talk among ourselves about the kind of society we want to build.
This is why it was so important to vote last November. Now that an aggressive “rule by mob” and big business party is in charge of all three branches of government, it’s going to try to solidify its chokehold on government in perpetuity by 1.) curtailing voting rights to inconvenient citizens and 2.) controlling the message. Goodbye Public Radio, Sesame Street and ad free surfing. Hello monitors and speed lanes.
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