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May 23, 2003

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Posted by Phil on May 23, 2003 8:16 PM

I'm not sure how this can be, but it appears that there's nothing you, I, or the U.S. Army can do to prevent FCC Chairman Michael Powell from relaxing the rules against media consolidation.

Bob Harris at This Modern World makes a salient point:

"[I]f the media really was in liberal hands, then centralization of that power would be absolutely terrifying to the right wing. It would be all you ever heard about. And yet those guys are strangely silent."

It should be fun, watching corporate greedheads gobble their own tails in a race to the nadir of capitalism, when regular people will finally be forced to smash the works with whatever tools are at hand. I didn't think, until November 2000, that it would come to that, but now I've seen how the other side's playing it, and I no longer doubt it.

I'd like to say bring it on, "I wanna be AN-AR-CHY," but the fact is I've been one of the lucky ones: I have a tidy little home, lots of toys, and a son who's forcing me to, like, give a shit about the future. So I don't really want to see this system dash itself on the rocks, and yet it appears to be doing so like a mindless organism in the grip of a natural process: A man in a suit speaking carefully into the microphone in favor of the next step towards his doom.

Maybe that's melodramatic, and either way, things will probably just continue kinda halfway sucking for another generation or two. So what are you drinking?


You mean Bob?

Posted by: The One True b!X at May 23, 2003 8:21 PM

Bob Murdoch? Sure, but really any one of them, on any issue.

Posted by: pk at May 23, 2003 10:26 PM

The fact that the public has been so apathetic in the face of this rule change is a good indication of the failure of education in the US. Reading scores my foot! We can't even think anymore, and that will be our downfall if it continues.

Posted by: Davei at May 26, 2003 11:37 PM


Posted by: Lolita at October 11, 2003 6:09 AM