Did you know that almost all of the media that the average American consumes – including 24-hour news stations, newspapers, publishing houses, Internet utilities, and even video game developers – in the hands of just six media companies?
This concentration of media into the hands of a powerful few has been called a “threat to democracy and innovation,” whilst at the same time giving the average person an “illusion of choice” where there is actually very little. These corporations are under no obligation to report impartially and present consumers with the truth – they often promote what best suits their own aims and agendas.
“With the country’s widest disseminators of news, commentary, and ideas firmly entrenched among a small number of the world’s wealthiest corporations, it may not be surprising that their news and commentary is limited to an unrepresentative, narrow spectrum of politics,” writes Ben Bagdikian in his book ‘The New Media Monopoly.’
Is it any wonder then, that some of humanity’s most pressing concerns – those of rapid and uncontrolled environmental devastation, are kept out of the headlines? These wealthy and powerful media moguls have wealthy and powerful benefactors, many of whom have accumulated their fortunes from the relentless plundering of the Earth’s natural resources. These people have no interest in a greener, better educated and more empathetic world and will actively work to distract us from the true extent of the damage that our current path is causing.[…]