This Is How Fox News Brainwashes Its Viewers: Our In-Depth Investigation of the Propaganda Cycle. 2016 presidential primary season is in full swing, which means, among other things, that Fox News’ ratings are skyrocketing. Fox News has been the most watched cable news network in the country for 12 straight years, regularly pulling in more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined. During the first Republican primary debate of this season, Fox clocked its most-ever (24 million) viewers, making the two-hour show the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time. Over the last ten years, everyone I know has lost a friend or family member or mentor to Fox News. Like me, they have watched helplessly as people they love have become part of the conservative punditry herd and, over time, traded their compassion for paranoia; their thoughtful opinions for manufactured outrage; and their empathy for hateful rhetoric.
Consider Trayvon Martin. When a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, Sean Hannity proved Boehlert’s claim. Isolate Viewers Ad Nauseam.
Miss Representation. Media on Oligarchy, Inequality & Wealth. The Influence of the State on the Media. Anthropology & Media Literacy. They Call this News? Advertising. So Called Entertainment News. Conflict of Interest & The Media. Image over Justice. They live among us: the new enemies of Hollywood. As Hollywood responds to the crisis of global capitalism, it has become clear that we ourselves are the ultimate threat to the prevalent social order. This article was published earlier in abridged from on openDemocracy For the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, hegemony was not something that was necessarily attained through force or economic power.
Gramsci instead wrote about a form of power that was more subtle and covert in nature: he emphasized the large role of cultural institutions which through ideologically impregnated imagery unconsciously shape our value systems. We not only give our consent to this process, but most of the time actually enjoy such experiences and are even willing to invest our time and a lot of money into it. For a long time already, the cultural format that we seem to enjoy the most is the movie. There has historically been little ambiguity in Hollywood movies as to who are the good guys and who are the ‘baddies’. Old baddies die young Jaime Bond and the Badman. Concentration of media ownership. Concentration of media ownership (also known as media consolidation or media convergence) is a process whereby progressively fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media. Contemporary research demonstrates increasing levels of consolidation, with many media industries already highly concentrated and dominated by a very small number of firms. Globally, large media conglomerates include Viacom, CBS Corporation, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox and News Corp (the former News Corporation, split in 2013), Bertelsmann AG, Sony, Comcast, Vivendi, Televisa, The Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation, Organizações Globo and Lagardère Group. As of 2012, The Walt Disney Company is the largest media conglomerate in the US, with News Corporation, Time Warner and Viacom ranking second, third and fourth respectively. Mergers Media oligopoly Elimination of net neutrality Net neutrality is also at stake when media mergers occur.
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The Media & The So Called "Free Market" DN! Freedom of the Press. Media literacy, Films for Action. The World Trade Organization (WTO) held its Third Ministerial Conference in Seattle from November 30 to December 3, 1999. Tens of thousands of protesters managed to halt the summit with nonviolent tactics (such as blocking roads to the meetings by sitting... The Main Stream Media (MSM) have had a ratings bonanza with the tragic and untimely disappearance of Malaysia Flight MH370 and this video exposes all the related twists and turns in this yet unsolved tragedy involving Malaysia Airlines and Kuala Lumpur's...
It has been over several day's since Flight MH370 has gone missing and Main Stream Media has totally avoided asking the hard questions. With the assistance of Before It's News Reporter 'Stompk' we break down the Seven Questions that MSM have avoided... (Editors Note: The script begins scrawling at 4:31 if you would like to fast forward past the introduction.) Having compassion leads to increased happiness, freedom from gender stereotypes, and better relationships with others. Indy Media, Films for Action. "Once upon an illusion called time, we forgot what we came here to remember. " A visceral consciousness shifting gonzo journalism movie through a transformational festival, exploring themes of unity, lucid dreaming, metaphysics, and more.
Experience the... A 30 minute documentary focused on the challenges citizen journalists face and our rights with cameras in public. Digital cameras & social media sharing are possibly the most powerful tools available to activists. "The News". In June of 2013, Glenn Greenwald was the first to report on the classified national security agency documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, through a series of articles in "The Guardian. " A half-hour special presentation of a bold new vision for community media. The mainstream corporate-owned media is now essentially a rotting corpse. Reality Asserts Itself - Chris Hedges August 11, 2013: Chris Hedges: Why I support The Real News Network July 24, 13 A full length consciousness shifting movie.
Big Media, Films for Action. BEWARE OF IMAGES is a feature-length, animated documentary about the history of visual representation. The movie explores the intricate relationship between the technology, regulation and social effects of media. From cave paintings to video games... The European and American public are being systematically lied to about the Ukraine crisis. Sources & full transcript: Follow us on our new Facebook page: Abby Martin speaks with host and founder of The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur, discussing why he left his job at MSNBC, the corporate media's superficial coverage of news events and the recipe for success in alternative media. "Once upon an illusion called time, we forgot what we came here to remember.
" AUGUST 7, 2013 - The Washington Post announced the paper had been sold to Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. "The News". Watching this made me angry, but I'm glad I did.
The Millennial Media Revolution: How The Next Generation is Re-Shaping The Press – Censored Notebook, Featured Articles. By Nolan Higdon [This is the first article in a four part series addressing how the flow of information has changed for the Millennial Generation (referring to people born between the early 1980s and 2000s). Each installment will be published on the Project Censored website weekly throughout this month. (February, 2014). Due to the removal of media regulations the millennials grew up with a defunct media industry that peddles infotainment and serves--rather than questions--those in power. In response, the millennials are partaking in a media revolution that is re-shaping the press.
Part one will examine the removal of media regulations that shaped the millennial press. Part two will examine the state of the press in the Millennial Era. Part I: De-Regulated to Ignorance Recent data suggests Millennial Era voters are widely uninformed and misinformed about political happenings. Previous generations had regulations to protect media from becoming homogenized. .  Thomas Frank. .  Ben H. Voters Say Election Full of Misleading and False Information. Voters Say Election Full of Misleading and False Information December 9, 2010 Poll Also Finds Voters Were Misinformed on Key Issues Full report(PDF)Questionnaire with Findings, Methodology (PDF) Following the first election since the Supreme Court has struck down limits on election-related advertising, a new poll finds that 9 in 10 voters said that in the 2010 election they encountered information they believed was misleading or false, with 56% saying this occurred frequently.
Fifty-four percent said that it had been more frequent than usual, while just three percent said it was less frequent than usual, according to the poll conducted by WorldPublicOpinion.org, based at the University of Maryland, and Knowledge Networks. (Image Credit) Equally significant, the poll found strong evidence that voters were substantially misinformed on many of the key issues of the campaign. Other key points of misinformation among voters were: There were cases with some other news sources as well. Pew Reasearch, State of the News 2013. In 2012, a continued erosion of news reporting resources converged with growing opportunities for those in politics, government agencies, companies and others to take their messages directly to the public.
Signs of the shrinking reporting power are documented throughout this year’s report. Estimates for newspaper newsroom cutbacks in 2012 put the industry down 30% since 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978. In local TV, our special content report reveals, sports, weather and traffic now account on average for 40% of the content produced on the newscasts studied while story lengths shrink.
On CNN, the cable channel that has branded itself around deep reporting, produced story packages were cut nearly in half from 2007 to 2012. This adds up to a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands. What the Media Could be Doing More & More Of. Media bias. Freedom Of Press Worsening In The US: Report. It is estimated that just six companies own 90 percent of the U.S. media. A member of the media sits with black tape across her mouth, signifying the silencing of the media (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Over the last couple of years, the U.S. government has been aggressive in its attitude toward the news media.
From heavy-handed prosecutions and threats to whistleblowers to revelations about the intelligence community’s illegal use of mass surveillance to reports of journalists being bugged, the perception of a free press in the U.S. has been severely tested. In the recently-released Reporters Without Borders’ 2014 Press Freedom Index, the U.S. fell 15 spots in 2014 — from 32nd place to 46th. “Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it,” wrote Reporters Without Borders in its press release.
A disturbing pattern Issues of concern that Reporters Without Borders pointed out was the conviction of Chelsea Manning. Censorship. Gmo917 : Sadly, it does not appear that... Propaganda. Orwell. Press Freedom. Intelligence Gathering and the Threat It Poses to Free Press. (Image: Surian Soosay / Flickr) The latest Snowden revelations - including Julian Assange figuring on a manhunting timeline and a possible classification of WikiLeaks as a malicious foreign actor - clearly demonstrate the National Security State's conflation of journalism and whistleblowing with terrorism.
If you have ever searched for "WikiLeaks" on the internet, then British Intelligence (and the NSA) probably knows who you are. Last week, documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept reveal that the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) - the British equivalent to the National Security Agency (NSA) - collected the IP addresses of people who searched for or visited WikiLeaks as part of the agency's effort to gather information on the "human network" that supports the publisher's site. But the documents also expose some serious potential repercussions for freedom of the press as a whole.