How Liberals Are Learning to Stop Worrying About "Media Concentration"; Is the Right Listening?
An incessant theme on the Left for the past decade or so has been the evils of consolidation and concentration in Big Media. The theme is the key to the argument from the Left that most frequently leaves conservatives incredulous - namely, that the media is biased in favor of the Right and the GOP.
Now somebody on the Left is pointing to the reality of the explosion of new media via the Internet and its impact on traditional media like newspapers and television. Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos writes in the latest issue of The Nation:
"The media landscape is changing dramatically, seemingly on a daily basis, and what we once considered serious dangers to our democracy--things like media consolidation and the absence of balance and fairness--will become increasingly less important.
"We are at the beginning of the age of citizen media, where corporations can own vast, billion-dollar media outlets yet fail to control the flow and content of information. It's quite hard to be a media gatekeeper when everyone becomes media, and that's what we're seeing happen in the age of blogs, wikis, social networking sites, podcasting, vlogging, message boards, e-mail groups and whatever wonderful communication technologies emerge tomorrow."
Go Powerline's "61st Minute" post is a useful mark with which to date the end.