Media concentration
The Internet helps level the
playing field, but worries remain
Ben H. Bagdikian
• Legendary press analyst
was The Washington
Post’s first ombudsman
Ben H. Bagdikian
• Legendary press analyst
was The Washington
Post’s first ombudsman
• Began writing “The
Media Monopoly”
...
Ben H. Bagdikian
• Legendary press analyst
was The Washington
Post’s first ombudsman
• Began writing “The
Media Monopoly”
...
The oligarchs’ agenda
• ABC killed a story on
pedophiles and lax
security at theme parks
The oligarchs’ agenda
• ABC killed a story on
pedophiles and lax
security at theme parks
• NBC was reluctant to
take on nu...
The oligarchs’ agenda
• ABC killed a story on
pedophiles and lax
security at theme parks
• NBC was reluctant to
take on nu...
How communities are hurt
• Bagdikian tells the story
of Clear Channel after
accident in Minot, N.D.
How communities are hurt
• Bagdikian tells the story
of Clear Channel after
accident in Minot, N.D.
• Two generations ago
...
How communities are hurt
• Bagdikian tells the story
of Clear Channel after
accident in Minot, N.D.
• Two generations ago
...
But a funny thing
happened on the way
to the Apocalypse …
Independents’ day
Independents’ day
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Huffington Post
Talking Points Memo
Drudge Report
Daily Caller
WikiLeaks
ProPublica
Gaw...
Challenge to local monopolies
• Cheap technology
means that barriers to
entry are close to zero
Challenge to local monopolies
• Cheap technology
means that barriers to
entry are close to zero
• Some corporate chains
ha...
Challenge to local monopolies
• Cheap technology
means that barriers to
entry are close to zero
• Some corporate chains
ha...
The new media moguls
• Jeff Bezos buys
The Washington Post,
takes it independent
The new media moguls
• Jeff Bezos buys
The Washington Post,
takes it independent
• John Henry purchases
The Boston Globe f...
The new media moguls
• Jeff Bezos buys
The Washington Post,
takes it independent
• John Henry purchases
The Boston Globe f...
The new entrepreneurs
• Glenn Greenwald et al.
team up with Pierre
Omidyar of eBay fame
The new entrepreneurs
• Glenn Greenwald et al.
team up with Pierre
Omidyar of eBay fame
• Kara Swisher takes her
talents f...
The new entrepreneurs
• Glenn Greenwald et al.
team up with Pierre
Omidyar of eBay fame
• Kara Swisher takes her
talents f...
What could go wrong?
What could go wrong?
• The 21st century’s Big 5
have a different agenda
from Ben Bagdikian’s 5
–
–
–
–
–

Apple
Google
Fac...
What could go wrong?
• The 21st century’s Big 5
have a different agenda
from Ben Bagdikian’s 5
• Today’s Big 5 would
rathe...
What could go wrong?
• The 21st century’s Big 5
have a different agenda
from Ben Bagdikian’s 5
• Today’s Big 5 would
rathe...
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  1. 1. Media concentration The Internet helps level the playing field, but worries remain
  2. 2. Ben H. Bagdikian • Legendary press analyst was The Washington Post’s first ombudsman
  3. 3. Ben H. Bagdikian • Legendary press analyst was The Washington Post’s first ombudsman • Began writing “The Media Monopoly” in the early 1980s
  4. 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. 5. The oligarchs’ agenda • ABC killed a story on pedophiles and lax security at theme parks
  6. 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. 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. 8. How communities are hurt • Bagdikian tells the story of Clear Channel after accident in Minot, N.D.
  9. 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. 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. 11. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Apocalypse …
  12. 12. Independents’ day
  13. 13. Independents’ day • • • • • • • • Huffington Post Talking Points Memo Drudge Report Daily Caller WikiLeaks ProPublica Gawker Media Etc., etc., etc.
  14. 14. Challenge to local monopolies • Cheap technology means that barriers to entry are close to zero
  15. 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. 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. 17. The new media moguls • Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post, takes it independent
  18. 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. 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. 20. The new entrepreneurs • Glenn Greenwald et al. team up with Pierre Omidyar of eBay fame
  21. 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. 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. 23. What could go wrong?
  24. 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. 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. 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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