The Media Monopoly
Program #BAGB001. Recorded in Madison, WI on April 21, 1989.Ben Bagdikian describes the growing concentration of media ownership in the U.S. and how it is increasingly determining the news we read, hear and see. He discerns a "steady pattern of the media looking the other way, of avoiding obvious causes and consequences, so as not to weaken or threaten the status quo." He contends that "the social effects of the media monopoly pose a danger to society, for the media are ignoring critical issues in pursuit of quick profits dictated by their owners and advertisers." The Media Monopoly raises important questions about corporate interests and truthful reporting and their impact on the future vitality of American democracy.
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