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Friday, July 23, 2004
From /. on Ted Turner's Beef with Big Media:
I had a lot of mixed reactions to this piece. First off, when I saw the link on Slashdot, I thought Ted Turner has a beef with Big Media? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me. But I started reading it anyway. It's long, it's well written, and he makes some excellent points. Personally I think it's an ironic twist to the old "Conservatives Are for Big Companies" and "Liberals are for the Little Guy" fight. With the media being so overwhelmingly liberal, isn't it an ironic twist of fate that they've embraced large corporations to ensure their strangle hold on news reporting, so it can be told their way?
Turner's solution is to put more walls up and make government enforced competition. Although that seems desirable on the one hand, the outright capitalist in me says no. I balked at the Microsoft anti-trust suits, and others that have followed. How can I now embrace a break up of the media conglomerates now? Is it right for me to embrace greater government control just because it now suits my needs?
Enter the web log. Instead of breaking up the conglomerates, I think that what will happen is that over time they will become a non-issue unless they change. People will buy fewer newspapers, watch less network television, and their ratings will go down further and further as people find alternative news sources. Is it slower? Absolutely. But is it even better to keep the government out of media production? Most definitely. Otherwise we could end up like our friends across the pond with the BBC. How scary would that be?
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