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Wednesday, January 26, 2005


TheCO does week six

I was going to make this a short and snarky: With a guillotine across the throat of anyone suggesting it. Unfortunately, since everyone else is being mute, it’s my duty to stir the pot just a bit.

Censoring starts, and should end at home. It is neither the job, nor the right of government to decide what I can and can’t see, hear, read, or wear. If I choose to get on TV and sing about a sexual encounter I had in an airliner bathroom with two flight attendants, and I happen to have video of it playing, so be it. If you are offended by it, it is your TV you can turn it off. You can change the channel. If someone writes a book that depicts carnal acts involving six men a goat four pints of ice dream and enough leather to upholster a car, you have the right not to read it, you have the right to be offended. You can choose for yourself, and for your minor children, in your home. However, your rights end there. America is not supposed to have thought police, or a Synod of Censors. And yet in all violation of the first amendment there is the FCC.

I would opine that the censorship that you, and I, abhor is being accomplished by the very fact that all media is becoming so concentrated in ownership that it is a defacto censorship in both a political and practical sense.

That was the true reason Michael Powell was appointed to his Chairmanship by President Clinton. Clinton knew that Powell's brainless pursuit of deregulation of the mass media ownership rules (under the guise of a lower court ruling that has never been challenged) would result in blocks of corporate media ownership. These amalgamations would be answerable not to the public but to the politicians who make the tax/ownership/labor rules work for the companies.

Powell's camoflage is that Internet and Web access is the counter balance to single point public ownership. The access to broadband would be the balancing factor. This concept is fine, but the simple truth is that the liberal power base understands that visual media in the form of TV and newsprint still manages to greatly influence our society - the broadsheets of liberalism if you will. All broadband has done is spread out the opposition into fragmented chunks with more opinions on any subject that is possible to comprehend. Information overload is death to any opposition being mounted to MSM.

Janet Jackson and Howard Stern are sideshows meant to take attention away from the real menace. Once the roll of the dice has finished with the New York Times company owning every radio, TV and newspaper in the country, censorship will be the least of our worries.
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