A merger of two massive media companies–which raises some fundamental questions about one corporation holding enormous power over cable, broadband and programming–isn’t generating any interest over at MSNBC.
Rachel Maddow asks why corporations would want to be associated with the promotion of Stand Your Ground gun laws–but fails to mention that her employer is one company that doesn’t seem embarrassed by the connection.
Diligent media reformers Free Press (8/19/09) have announced a nifty new “online interactive tool to expose phony grassroots groups hired by big phone and cable companies to advance their political agenda.” They’re talking about “‘astroturf‘ organizations–many of which also work for the health insurance, energy and tobacco industries”– that “are mobilizing to spread misinformation about Network Neutrality and Internet policies.” The group’s graphic presentation “tracks the huge amounts of money that phone and cable companies spend on lobbyists and campaign contributions” and reveals the contradictory and dishonest claims about Net Neutrality and other issues from top industry executives; and it […]
The media activist group Free Press has a new release (3/19/09) warning of the latest threat to free speech online: “a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) that offers Internet service providers unprecedented control over Internet content.” DPI, says Free Press, “could spell disaster for the free market online,” AKA Net Neutrality. According to Free Press, DPI is designed to “monitor, control and ultimately charge subscribers for every use of an Internet connection,” because it “‘enables service providers to project potential revenues and profits from setting up a tiered service infrastructure’ and allows providers to ‘reduce the performance of […]