This week I've been checking out Lawrence Lessig's (You may remember him from the Eldred vs Ashcroft case, he's a proponent of IP law change) blog, because this week Presidential hopeful Howard Dean is guest blogging.
His comments have me thinking.
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson spoke of the fear that economic power would one day try to seize political power. No consolidated economic power has more opportunity to do this than the consolidated power of media.
People asked what can be done about media deregulation. I think we need to re-regulate the media that has clearly abused its authority by censoring information that should be made available to the American people.
Now I am against media regulation, or at least I was. However, his words got me thinking, before I was mainly thinking about things such as Clear Channel and TV stations, entertainment media. However Journalistic media didn't factor for me, I just didn't think about it. It seems to me that being classified as a Journalist means you should have some accountability. However, I don't think this requires regulation. Or, I don't think regulation helps this.
That part about economic power siezing political power intrigues me, because it's exactly what's been happening for a couple of decades, mainly through manipulation of the media, like Howard Dean says above.
I'm not really sure I know what I think would solve this. I am for deregulation, but we need diversity badly, and unless we deregulate everything including broadcast frequencies, I don't think it's going to happen. What do you guys think, is there a compromise in here somewhere, or is it a BBC or Internet situation. Government owned or completely unregulated?