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Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet
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Media Concentration in the Age of the Internet

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Monopoly media ownership has been a concern for decades. The Internet has helped level the playing field, but worries remain.

Monopoly media ownership has been a concern for decades. The Internet has helped level the playing field, but worries remain.

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  • 1. Media concentration The Internet helps level the playing field, but worries remain
  • 2. Ben H. Bagdikian • Legendary press analyst was The Washington Post’s first ombudsman
  • 3. Ben H. Bagdikian • Legendary press analyst was The Washington Post’s first ombudsman • Began writing “The Media Monopoly” in the early 1980s
  • 4. Ben H. Bagdikian • Legendary press analyst was The Washington Post’s first ombudsman • Began writing “The Media Monopoly” in the early 1980s • Warned that five big corporations controlled nearly all U.S. media
  • 5. The oligarchs’ agenda • ABC killed a story on pedophiles and lax security at theme parks
  • 6. The oligarchs’ agenda • ABC killed a story on pedophiles and lax security at theme parks • NBC was reluctant to take on nuclear power when GE was the owner
  • 7. The oligarchs’ agenda • ABC killed a story on pedophiles and lax security at theme parks • NBC was reluctant to take on nuclear power when GE was the owner • Networks were slow to question Iraq war while seeking favors from FCC
  • 8. How communities are hurt • Bagdikian tells the story of Clear Channel after accident in Minot, N.D.
  • 9. How communities are hurt • Bagdikian tells the story of Clear Channel after accident in Minot, N.D. • Two generations ago A.J. Liebling warned of one-newspaper cities
  • 10. How communities are hurt • Bagdikian tells the story of Clear Channel after accident in Minot, N.D. • Two generations ago A.J. Liebling warned of one-newspaper cities • Chains like GateHouse Media cut local coverage to pay debt
  • 11. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Apocalypse …
  • 12. Independents’ day
  • 13. Independents’ day • • • • • • • • Huffington Post Talking Points Memo Drudge Report Daily Caller WikiLeaks ProPublica Gawker Media Etc., etc., etc.
  • 14. Challenge to local monopolies • Cheap technology means that barriers to entry are close to zero
  • 15. Challenge to local monopolies • Cheap technology means that barriers to entry are close to zero • Some corporate chains have embraced digital to reinvent themselves
  • 16. Challenge to local monopolies • Cheap technology means that barriers to entry are close to zero • Some corporate chains have embraced digital to reinvent themselves • Patch is struggling, but it represents new corporate thinking
  • 17. The new media moguls • Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post, takes it independent
  • 18. The new media moguls • Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post, takes it independent • John Henry purchases The Boston Globe from the New York Times Co.
  • 19. The new media moguls • Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post, takes it independent • John Henry purchases The Boston Globe from the New York Times Co. • Aaron Kushner tries a print-centric approach with the O.C. Register
  • 20. The new entrepreneurs • Glenn Greenwald et al. team up with Pierre Omidyar of eBay fame
  • 21. The new entrepreneurs • Glenn Greenwald et al. team up with Pierre Omidyar of eBay fame • Kara Swisher takes her talents from the WSJ to an NBC-affilated site
  • 22. The new entrepreneurs • Glenn Greenwald et al. team up with Pierre Omidyar of eBay fame • Kara Swisher takes her talents from the WSJ to an NBC-affilated site • Wonkblog founder Ezra Klein will start a new venture at Vox Media
  • 23. What could go wrong?
  • 24. What could go wrong? • The 21st century’s Big 5 have a different agenda from Ben Bagdikian’s 5 – – – – – Apple Google Facebook Amazon Microsoft
  • 25. What could go wrong? • The 21st century’s Big 5 have a different agenda from Ben Bagdikian’s 5 • Today’s Big 5 would rather partner with than fight the telecoms
  • 26. What could go wrong? • The 21st century’s Big 5 have a different agenda from Ben Bagdikian’s 5 • Today’s Big 5 would rather partner with than fight the telecoms • End of net neutrality could bring current openness to a halt

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