The Disaffected Lib: Freedom of the Press, Freedom From the Press

Western mass media have long been deservedly criticized for having an “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude to news.   At one point sensationalism was seen as the sizzle that sold the steak, genuine information.  It was an old carny trick from ages past.  But that reflected a past in which the media was primarily concerned ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why We Must Break Up Canada’s Media Cartel

Once you have a thoroughly corporatized mass media, rife with concentration of ownership and cross-ownership, your democracy is in peril.  It’s not a question of if but a question of when and how badly democratic freedoms will suffer. A corporate mass media does not trade in information.  It trades in messages conveying the ideas it ...