go read 'John Ridley's an idiot' and appreciate how hard that topic was for marcia to write about. (she's writing about the use of a word that caused her a great deal of pain as a child.) she did a marvelous job. also be sure to read elaine's 'Palin (classy), Emily's List (hypocrite)' which is the post i said i would link to last night - and then i forgot!!!!
story of my life, i know.
When big media companies merge or partner it's rarely a good thing. Sure, it might be profitable for those at the top and stockholders. But generally it's bad news for the little people -- otherwise known as their viewers, listeners, readers and users.
Why is this a feminist issue? Because the ever-increasing consolidation of media ownership means fewer and fewer people decide what you and I have access to through our TVs, PCs, mobile phones, radios, newspapers, etc. Having just a few big conglomerates in control of our communication, news and entertainment options makes it that much harder for new and independent providers to compete. What we're left with is a landscape of limited viewpoints and voices, newly erected roadblocks and higher prices. Try getting a feminist message out when the big-moneyed ranks are closing in and tightening their grip.
We've got two such potential calamities on our hands right now. First up is Comcast's bid to acquire NBC-Universal. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department are reviewing the proposed merger, which would be "the largest consolidation of media power in American history" according to Washington, D.C.'s NewsChannel 8, which ran a multi-page ad in Politico on behalf of local news consumers across the U.S.
In addition to the tens of millions of cable customers and Internet users it already boasts, Comcast would take control of the NBC network, 10 local NBC affiliates in major markets, 16 Spanish-language stations, numerous top-tier cable networks, a wealth of original TV programming and movies from Universal Studios.
NOW is part of The Coalition for Competition in the Media, which has expressed vocal opposition to the buyout. Others concerned about the deal include Bloomberg and the American Cable Association.
and that's the story of our lives as well. especially in this economy, but always. business mergers rarely benefit women - as consumers or employees.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'