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Can Indy Web TV Survive the Comcast/NBC Merger?

If the the Comcast/NBCU merger does indeed lead to unprecedented consolidation and a tiered Internet, then there are still several ways an independent content company can stay competitive.

Maxine Goldenson, Huffington Post

In the eyes of many independent Internet TV companies, the Comcast and NBC/Universal merger can be viewed as one of two things; a misguided business decision in the vein of the unfortunate AOL/Time Warner merger, or at worst, a tipping point that ignites an era of large-scale consolidation at the expense of competition.

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The latter could create an environment in which ISP providers like Verizon and AT&T feel compelled to merge with content companies like ABC/Disney and CBS/Viacom to control how the majority of content, even those of its competitors, is delivered.

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Revolution at Sundance

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  • Here at Sundance I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but I had not expected subversion, analysis or, even, revolutionary ideas.
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  • The two main themes in the festival -- to my amazement, given that the mainstream pop-culture world seems to have dismissed feminism and closed its eyes to threats to freedom -- seem to be gender rebellion -- and civil liberties.
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Naomi Wolf, Huffington Post

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I am here in Park City, Utah, for my first encounter with the Sundance Festival; I had expected starlets in ski boots and parties in which people said 'Darling' and perhaps many worthy little films with artistic merit, but -- my mistake, probably due to the grudging reluctance on the part of print journalists like myself to yield respect to a medium that seems to get all the glamor and sometimes go an inch deep -- I had not expected subversion, analysis or, even, revolutionary ideas.

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But thirty-six hours into Sundance at the time of this writing, I have to say: we seem at one of the few nexuses left in the US for brave journalistic critical thinking. Sundance this year is packed with substance, and documentarians especially are tacking head-on issue that US print journalists, especially those who work for corporate-owned media, have abashedly refused to tackle. The two main themes in the festival -- to my amazement, given that the mainstream pop-culture world seems to have dismissed feminism and closed its eyes to threats to freedom -- seem to be gender rebellion -- and civil liberties.

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Can Indy Web TV Survive the Comcast/NBC Merger? Maxine Goldenson, Huffington Post
If the the Comcast/NBCU merger does indeed lead to unprecedented consolidation and a tiered Internet, then there are still several ways an independent content company can stay competitive.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 30

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  • Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!
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  • Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Don Wright

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Arkansas Birds killed by Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal!, Kyle, People for the American Way

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Have you been wondering about those thousands of birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Years Eve? According to "respected prophet" and Religious Right rising star Cindy Jacobs, the event which some have playfully dubbed the "aflockalypse" was the result of ... wait for it ... the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy getting repealed. I wish I was kidding. You really have to see this.

Glenn Beck Targets Frances Fox Piven, Editors, The Nation
Frances Fox Piven Is Way Tougher Than Glenn Beck

Reagan Was No Friend of Blacks, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post

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  • Michael Reagan can absurdly twist history to make his father a paragon of civil rights. But Reagan was hardly the "best friend" of blacks.
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  • CBS almost reported Reagan was mentally unfit in 1986
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Are Disney Princesses Evil?

Author Peggy Orenstein on raising daughters in an age of gender-branded diapers, tiara-toting toddlers, and sexed-up preteens.

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Michael Mechanic, Mother Jones

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Where do Disney princesses fall on a 1-to-10 scale of harm to a girl's identity? How about Bratz, pink mania, Facebook? "All of this stuff seems 1, but might be 10, and you don't really know," says author and New York Times Magazine essayist Peggy Orenstein as we chat about her new book. "It's not any one thing. It's the whole onslaught." Cinderella Ate My Daughter is a highly entertaining (and disconcerting) romp. Orenstein hangs out with teachers, teenyboppers, marketing execs, social scientists, tots in tiaras, and her own seven-year-old to probe the beguiling contradictions of our growing girly-girl culture. Referring to the nearly half of six- to nine-year-old girls who wear lipstick or gloss, Orenstein tells me, "I don't know why the percentage is not zero."

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Read on for her lowdown on gender-branded diapers, Facebook's dark side, and how the parents of preschool beauty queens are more like us than we'd care to admit.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of January 23

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  • The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement
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  • Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Luckovich

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The trolls and bullies must not stifle community engagement, Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times | WA

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  • Constructive and engaging public dialogue is the antidote to the nasty rhetoric polluting America.
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  • Words Have Consequences
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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie, Stephan Salisbury, TomDispatch

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  • Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King
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  • More guns does not equal less crime
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Steve King: Democrats Driven By 'Irrational Leftist Lust For Socialized Medicine', Nick Wing, Huffington Post
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) continued his bluster against health care repeal in a recent interview with Human Events, saying that the entire package was driven by Democrats' "irrational Leftist lust for socialized medicine."

Rick Santorum on Obama: I Find It Remarkable For A Black Man To Decide Who Are People, Grassy Knoll, Democratic Underground
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Which is why he lost his bid for re-election.

‘You’re going to have to shoot them in the head,’ Beck said of Democratic leaders, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Discussing Democratic leaders during a June (2010) broadcast for the Republican Fox News Channel, conspiracy host Glenn Beck told his followers they would have to "shoot them in the head" in order to bring an end to an alleged "communist" agenda.

Slight Uptick In Pedestrian Deaths Is Apparently Michelle Obama's Fault, Jason LinkinsHuffington Post
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
The Daily Caller is pretty sure they have this all figured out, anyway: Pedestrian deaths increased sharply during the first half of 2010, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The reason may be First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign.

Anti-Immigrant Group’s Comments Following Arizona Tragedy Are Shockingly Insensitive, Jill Garvey, Imagine 2050

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  • Anti-immigrant groups, no matter how extreme or divisive their agenda, continue to position themselves as mainstream voices.
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  • Republicans Hope to Trample Constitution With Racist New Proposals
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Comcastrophe: Obama's FCC Approves Enormous Corporate Media Merger for Comcast/NBC

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  • Culmination of the deal, combined with the FCC's recent, loophole-ridden "Net Neutrality" rules, sets the table for Comcast to turn the Internet into cable television, where it has the ability to speed up its content, slow down or block its competitors such as Netflix, and hike the rates for its programming and services. We'll all end up paying more -- whether you're a Comcast subscriber or not.
    The new Comcast will control an obscene number of media outlets, from TV and radio to movie studios and a network of millions who subscribe to cable and internet.
    Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger
    Let Washington know there are consequences to blessing this bad deal.

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Josh Silver, Free Press/AlterNet

On Tuesday (Jan 18), the Federal Communications Commission blessed the merger of Comcast, the nation's largest cable and residential Internet provider, with NBC-Universal. The Justice Department immediately followed suit, removing the last obstacle to the unprecedented consolidation of media and Internet power in the hands of one company.

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You should be afraid and mad as hell.

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The new Comcast will control an obscene number of media outlets, including the NBC broadcast network, numerous cable channels, two dozen local NBC and Telemundo stations, movie studios, online video portals, and the physical network that distributes that media content to millions of Americans through Internet and cable connections.

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Free Press Denounces FCC Approval of Comcast-NBC Merger, Free Press
According to press reports on Tuesday (Jan 18), the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision, by a vote of 4-1, to approve the merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, one of the largest media mergers in history.

Comcastrophe, Free Press
Let Washington know there are consequences to blessing this bad deal.

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Get Angry: The Year’s 10 Best Political Documentaries

From Eliot Spitzer to Daniel Ellsberg, documentary filmmakers didnt lack engrossing subjects this year.

Michael Atkinson, In These Times

Thanks largely to personal technology and its discontents, were living through a renaissance of activist filmmaking--never before in the history of popular media have nonfiction films been so convenient to execute, so inexpensive to finance and so easy to distribute. Every year oodles and oodles of angry political essay-films come out now, in theaters and/or on DVD and streaming services, on every subject from war to Wall Street to industrial pollution, and no viewer can be blamed for feeling like a drowner in a sea of outrage. But you need see only 10--the best political docs of 2010.

• Inside Job (Sony) As thorough and well-researched and absolutely enraging an explication of the financial meltdown as we’re likely to get (since that seeming obligatory tsunami of thousand-page Grand Jury indictments will never be written), Charles Ferguson’s film is one of several Wall Street exposé docs this year. But it’s the one that needs to be seen, preferably with an Ativan.

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•Casino Jack and the United States of Money (Magnolia) Alex Gibney’s portrait of the felon-lobbyist is a lively, action-packed evidentiary affair, and if you didn’t quite understand what Abramoff did when his name hit the headlines in 2006, here’s where you’ll get it all straight. Which is what you should do, because the man’s outrageous career of graft, extortion, fraud, money laundering and possibly murder reveals the essential amorality of our federal circus so clearly that any withering hope you held that we lived in a democracy worthy of the word will be squashed.

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Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie

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  • Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King
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  • More guns does not equal less crime
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Stephan Salisbury, TomDispatch

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(Photo: Thomas Hawk; Edited: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

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The landscape of America is littered with bodies.

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They've been gunned down in Tucson, shot to death at the Pentagon, and blown away at the Holocaust Museum, as well as in Wichita, Knoxville, Pittsburgh, Brockton, and Okaloosa County, Florida.

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Total body count for these incidents: 19 dead, 26 wounded.

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Not much, you might say, when taken in the context of about 30,000 gun-related deaths annually nationwide. As it happens, though, these murders over the past couple of years have some common threads. All involved white gunmen with ties to racist or right-wing groups or who harbored deep suspicions of "the government." Many involved the killing of police officers.

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More guns does not equal less crime, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
There is no evidence to support the popular American fantasy that guns serve as a deterrent to crime and shooting sprees.

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