Thursday, April 27, 2006
As media ownership becomes increasingly concentrated in fewer, wealthier corporations, there is an increased potential for the news to be manipulated by the interests of those who control the corporations. This is a potentially dangerous situation, because we are a democracy and rely on an educated public for our country to run as it should. The first amendment is crucial to the maintenance of all our other freedoms, and if big business is running the news, the first amendment would definitely be compromised. If the public is uneducated or miseducated on current affairs, they won’t make informed voting decisions or hold politicians or corporations accountable. Knowledge really is power, and if a single organization is controlling knowledge, we’re all in really big trouble. The media should be concerned about social justice because their readers are part of society, and social injustice is injustice against their readers.