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Posted on 2001.09.23 at 21:33
firstly:

news not found in us papers

finally:

evil, thy name is the corporation

(i love all my mailing lists. fast dissemination of information good.)

Comments:


betternewthings at 2001-09-23 23:06 (UTC) (Link)

i wouldn't blame corporate america

the blame, in this case, rests squarely with the stupidity and litigiousness of the populace.

clearchannel did the brightest thing, all things considered. some opportunistic (or genuinely thin-skinned) individual could easily have sued them for millions - and then filed a class action with all their newfound buddies for billions

if we didn't have a navel-gazing culture of people with no self-reliance, we wouldn't have this problem.

ultimately, too much of america is afraid to be "offended" and cannot understand that the ability to be offended is a sign of healthy discource in a democratic nation.

one finger at them - and four fingers right back at us.


Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-09-23 23:23 (UTC) (Link)

Re: i wouldn't blame corporate america

clearchannel did the brightest thing, all things considered. some opportunistic (or genuinely thin-skinned) individual could easily have sued them for millions - and then filed a class action with all their newfound buddies for billions.</a>

blah.

maybe it's just my naive idealism speaking, but it seems to me that corporations shouldn't be deciding what gets played on our radio airspace, which is a resource that's supposed to belong to the people in the first place.

i mean seriously... Hot Talk on KGO and rush limbaugh get the thumbs-up (because they happen to reside in an "accepted" extremity), but john lennon is "subversive"?
betternewthings at 2001-09-24 01:15 (UTC) (Link)

It does belong to the people...

Anyone with a radio can listen to either KPFA or KMEL. Both cost... nothing, to the listener.

No one is forcing people to listen to KMEL over KPFA (both of them can hit a million people with a reasonably-priced antenna) - yet the listenership of one is two orders of magnitude greater than the other.

Same cost, no coercion...

We get Corporate America because we, as people have overwhelmingly voted, with our pocketbooks, for it.

Corporate America blindly follows the extremes of political correctness and "sensitivity"-based censorship because we, as a people, have overwhelmingly voted, with our tuners, for it.

Car companies don't produce SUV's because they want to foist ill-handling gas-guzzlers on the populace. They do it because they'll sell anything, and we, as a people, demand it.

Point one finger at corporate america, or the government, and you'll find four fingers pointing right back at us.

"The voters have spoken, the bastards!" - R. M. Nixon =;)
(Anonymous) at 2001-09-25 03:01 (UTC) (Link)

Re: It does belong to the people...

i think, also, the posting you got grossly misrepresented what clear channel did. the article in the new york times stated that clear channel came up with a list of songs that, in the context of the tragedy, might be painful or insensitive to play. clear channel then released the list to their stations, saying "we think it might be insensitive to play these songs right now.." as a guideline, not as a directive.

-- jonathan

radio, though, has been corrupt for a long long time, especially since the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which opened up the door to radio consolidation under Clear Channel and Infinity. Salon did a very interesting series of articles on this a few months back.

what's more interesting, though, is why is THIS story getting so much coverage, but the passage of vast new wiretapping and eavesdropping laws is getting barely any.
(Anonymous) at 2001-09-25 03:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: It does belong to the people...

fuck.

the "-- jonathan" should have been at the end of the post, not in the middle.

you can thank the fine growers of amsterdam for that typo.
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