Comments on: Channel announcement: Media Concentration http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/ Blog, news, books Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: ambimb http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/#comment-26498 Tue, 13 May 2003 16:44:41 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2003/04/channel_announcement_media_con.html#comment-26498 Professor Lessig, reading your books leads me to believe that you often use a measured, moderate tone to make your points in an effort to prevent your most reactionary readers from dismissing your ideas out of hand. It’s a smart strategy; however, the case of big media is no place for half-measures and moderation. You’re right: We all need to be linking to coverage of these new FCC rules and talking about them, but we need to take action against them, as well. The MoveOn.org petition is one place to start, and you can also take action at MediaReform.net.

While petitions can be effective, isn’t there anything more the legal community could do about this? You have a large readership that respects your opinion — could you put out a more specific call for action? My understanding of the legal questions is not great, but could we mount a legal challenge against these FCC changes as an abrogation of the First Amendment? The airwaves belong to the people, not the networks or other media conglomerates. How can we call speech “free” when it goes only to the highest bidder?

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By: loujosephs http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/#comment-26497 Tue, 13 May 2003 12:29:11 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2003/04/channel_announcement_media_con.html#comment-26497 http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A47349-2003May12?start=15&per=17

Todays Washington Post has most of the gory details.

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By: Gary Santoro http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/#comment-26496 Tue, 13 May 2003 07:24:38 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2003/04/channel_announcement_media_con.html#comment-26496 I love Peter Drucker but I disagree with him on that issue. It seems he takes that position because history shows the government has not been very effective at preventing damage from a monopoly. I like to think that EVENTUALLY we will get the hang of enforcing the law and preventing the damage.

The webpage from MoveOn.org about the FCC topic at:

http://www.moveon.org/stopthefcc/?id=1344-1937933-NRrpno1PhS5zYnGuIzg4iA

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By: MikeH http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/#comment-26495 Mon, 12 May 2003 21:43:56 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2003/04/channel_announcement_media_con.html#comment-26495 Given the pace at which the current Administration is destroying our civil liberties with the apparent indifference, if not active connivance, of the media, further concentration of the media is an ominous prospect indeed.

Etan, you are right to be curious. “Big is not necessarily bad” is logically true, but so is “A dictator is not necessarily a tyrant”; I suggest that both statements are empirically false.

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By: steve http://www.lessig.org/2003/04/channel-announcement-media-con/#comment-26494 Sat, 26 Apr 2003 22:01:50 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2003/04/channel_announcement_media_con.html#comment-26494 The only real television coverage of this is Bill Moyers’ show NOW on PBS.

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