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Rumor, gossip, nonsense: How the news became a nightmare

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  • The road to Fox News and the commercialization of information begins with the amazing history of mass media.
  • Enough is Enough: No Comcast / Time-Warner merger!

Andrew Pettegree, Salon

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bad_tv_news-620x412.jpgExcerpted from "The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself" by Andrew Pettegree

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 | In 1704 the English writer Daniel Defoe embarked on the publication of a political journal: the Weekly Review of the Affairs of France. This was not yet the Defoe made famous by his great novel Robinson Crusoe; he would discover his vocation as a novelist only late in life. Up to this point Defoe had tried his hand at many things, and often failed. The Review (as it soon became) was the latest of many attempts to find a way to make money. This time it worked. Within a few months Defoe’s publication had found its new form, as a serial issued two or three times a week, consisting largely of a single essay on an item of topical interest.

Defoe was lucky. He had launched the Review at a time when the reading public was expanding rapidly, along with a market for current affairs. Naturally Defoe made the most of it. When, in an essay in 1712, he turned his mind to this buoyant market for news publishing, he did not hold back. The present 

full13/9780300179088.jpg times, wrote Defoe, had seen a media explosion. He recalled a time, even in his own lifetime, when there had been no such torrent of newspapers, state papers and political writing. The rage for news was transforming society, and Defoe was happy to be in the thick of it.

Andrew Pettegree is a British historian and one of the leading experts on Europe during the Reformation. He currently holds a professorship at St Andrews University.

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Enough is Enough: No Comcast / Time-Warner merger!, Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union

  • Enough of cable bills higher than heating or electric bills. Enough of companies demanding you buy channels you don’t want, and blocking programs you actually want to watch. Enough of rotten customer service, spotty cable, sluggish Internet.
  • It’s time we take a stand against huge corporations becoming behemoths, wiping out the competition and sticking it to those of us who have little choice to go elsewhere.
  • What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?
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An Interview with Bill Moyers

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  • "I'm angry at what's happening to our country and angry with myself that I can't do more," says the TV legend.
  • "It’s the people who are doing the nonviolent organizing at the grassroots that make me think there’s still hope."
  • Say No to Internet Censorship

Peter Dreier, the Progressive

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March, 2014 | We are this close to losing democracy to the mercenary class.

Last October, Bill Moyers announced that he was retiring and that his weekly show, Moyers & Company, would end January 3. Three weeks later, in response to an outpouring of e-mails, letters, and Facebook comments urging him to reconsider, Moyers recanted. He will continue to host the show. His only pushback was to recast the show from an hour to a half-hour format.

Moyers, who turns eighty in June, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism. Born in 1934 to dirt-poor farmers, Moyers left Marshall, Texas, in 1954 to attend college. At the University of Texas, he majored in journalism while working full time as assistant news editor for KTBC-TV for $100 a week. He graduated in 1956 and then studied theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Peter Dreier teaches politics at Occidental College. His latest book is “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame” (Nation Books, 2012).

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

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Say No to Internet Censorship, Open Media

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  • Fill out this form to send world leaders our letter. They need to Say No to Internet Censorship before it's too late.
  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!

Say No to Internet Censorship

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  • Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now!

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March 16, 2014 | Leaders from 12 countries are about to lock into place binding Internet censorship rules through an agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

Leaked documents reveal that the TPP will make the Internet more censored, expensive, and policed.1

Experts say, “kids could be sent to jail for downloading” and whole families could be kicked off the Internet.2

sign-btn.png Send TPP decision makers these three demands now by filling out the form on this page before it's too late.

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This looks like our last chance to speak out against the huge damage the TPP will do to free expression online. 

sign-btn.pngPlease send this crucial message by filling out this form now.

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[1] Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Source: WikiLeaks.

[2] What’s actually in the TPP? Source: Public Knowledge

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Court Backs Internet Censorship: Open The Internet Now! Roots Action

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  • A federal appeals court just sided with Verizon and against you, against us, against the Internet.
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  • If this ruling stands, the Internet as we know it will die.

 

 

Enough is Enough: No Comcast / Time-Warner merger!

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  • Enough of cable bills higher than heating or electric bills. Enough of companies demanding you buy channels you don’t want, and blocking programs you actually want to watch. Enough of rotten customer service, spotty cable, sluggish Internet.
  • It’s time we take a stand against huge corporations becoming behemoths, wiping out the competition and sticking it to those of us who have little choice to go elsewhere.
  • What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?

Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union

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angry-consumer.jpg March 13, 2014 | If Comcast is allowed to swallow up Time Warner Cable, it will control two-thirds of the nation’s cable customers, and nearly 40 percent of broadband users. That’s a recipe for disaster.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice can stop this merger if they’re convinced it’s a bad deal for consumers. Let’s convince them.

Add your name to our petition and we’ll make sure these decision-makers know that consumers say 'Enough'. After you act, tell us about your cable nightmare so we can show that lack of competition has real consequences!

Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpg The FCC and Dept. of Justice can stop this merger. Tell them 'enough is enough!'

Delara Derakhshani, Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

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net-neutrality_0.jpg What’s the Right Path Forward on Net Neutrality?, John Light, Moyers & Company

February 4, 2014 | The recent DC circuit court decision that killed net neutrality put the Federal Communications Commission — and its newly appointed head, Tom Wheeler — in the position of needing to figure out what they can do to maintain their authority to ensure an open Internet. If they don’t, the Web as we know it could dramatically change. Journalists and advocates point to a future in which Internet service providers (ISPs) could give users faster access to some sites and slower access to others. So if, for example, Hulu paid Comcast to allow viewers a faster connection, and competitors such as Netflix did not, Comcast subscribers might decide Netflix, with its slower streaming services, was not worth their money.

 

 

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