There has been remarkably little
media discussion about the upcoming FCC decision, which looks set to pave the way
for further homogenization of the media market. Pretty much everyone except giant
media companies appears to think this is a bad idea. Especially interesting is this
opinion piece on the NY Times website (signup required, but it’s free and
worth it, IMO). My friend Jeff pointed it out to me. His favorite quote (and mine):
The concentration of power — political,
corporate, media, cultural — should be anathema to conservatives. The diffusion
of power through local control, thereby encouraging individual participation, is the
essence of federalism and the greatest expression of democracy.
In other words: there’s reason for both Democrats and Republicans
to hate this idea.