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Breaking Up Media Companies PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Monday, Jul 07, 2008

Problem:  Over the past 30 years Congress has been relaxing the laws that govern media companies that had been designed to ensure that they honored their responsibility to serve the public good.  One of these laws was the Fairness Doctrine which required media outlets that allowed political commentary to offer equal time to parties with opposing points of view.  This prevented access to the media being limited to those with large amounts of funding behind them.  These restrictions were enacted in recognition that media companies utilize public resources such as the public airwaves and therefore have a responsibility to serve the public fairly and equally.  The Fairness Doctrine has been eliminated and now the only parties that are able to afford media access are those backed by large amounts of money.  The average Congressperson has to raise about $2,000 a day the entire time they are in office to be able to purchase enough media time to have a chance of reelection.

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Alternative TV Covers Anti-War Movements PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Friday, May 09, 2008

Problem:  Mainstream news organizations tend to avoid covering controversial stories; particularly those that might upset government officials and their supporters.

Solution: Grass roots television networks have emerged that use public access and alternative media distribution services to cover these kinds of controversial stories.

The following article describes how alternative news organizations have used technology, innovative networking techniques, and mandated public access requirements to offer coverage on subjects that do not receive much airtime on commercial television.   The article also explains how these networks evolved in response to the lack of coverage on US military action overseas since 9/11 and various peace movements that have opposed this action.
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