· Books and publishing
· News programming
· Internet access
· Internet content
· Movie theatres, and
· Performers of all sorts including writers and support personnel
Recently, you may recall, the Hollywood media was pushing for federal legislation to protect their content (they call it their intellectual property) from being distributed outside of their control on the Internet around the world. They have so much money and they control the messages that money buys so tightly that they are able to buy protective legislation from congress and the president while also buying the hands off no-limits freedom that they desire to permit them to operate with little or no regulation. Best of both worlds isn’t it? Control your product tightly as well as how others can use it but keep the production and distribution of your product completely under your own control. Even when that product is government information or involves government, meaning taxpayer paid content. Think of that – we pay taxes to fund government activities and the Hollywood media produce something around that activity that they then charge us for, directly or indirectly through advertising, and they demand that they own it and they control it.
Our expose is intended as a learning tool for our readers. Quite simply, we would like to expose the vast wealth; the interconnecting ownership between media, news, publishing, entertainment, government and money that now serves to completely ignore and bypass the original intent of America’s founders in granting unrestricted freedom to the press (which was the media of the time.) This freedom has now been so abused by a limited number of extremely wealthy companies and their key players that their distorted freedom definition is a blatant combination of using their money; their influence and their very widespread electronic media distribution outlets to control what is seen and heard; how it is presented; who is chosen as a winner and who is designated as a loser and how important matters of governance, finances, politics, economics and personal behavior may never even receive a passing moment of exposure. And it is all legal; all protected; and all quite anti-democratic. And they demand ownership of it and they demand that we pay for it over and over again.
Next week, TheFundamentals will name names and give you a brief background of these large conglomerates that dominate Hollywood media/information in our country and actually lay claim to a large segment of our paycheck(s). Remember, please, why we are doing this – these companies want to control information, regardless of source; their content, wherever it shows up and they want to require the federal government to enforce such control and they want to hold anyone using the internet accountable for such control. They are not in the business of objective reporting or analysis or fact distribution to the American public as was the intent of America’s founders when they documented total freedom to the press in the first amendment to the US constitution. They wish to make money, gobs of money and they will use a portion of their plenty to form opinion; or distort opinion or just avoid any reference to something that might get in the way of their sole motivation which is control for the purpose of self enriching money making.
The people cannot control their government if they do not own and control information. Whoever controls information is in charge. TheFundamentals is suggesting that it is time for the people of this country to own their government and everything that it says, does and lays claim to – not the other way around. No Hollywood media company has the right to take anything involving any American government entity and claim it to be their property. And by so doing become the information control arm of government. This Hollywood media cabal has lots of money; our money and they are using it to expand their power and control. We say, “Enough.”
Here is a preview of Part II.
Comcast. Comcast is one of America’s largest “Hollywood media” companies. It dominates the distribution of information, news, programming and other forms of entertainment to millions of American homes. It has the money and the power and influence to set prices; set agendas; hire lobbyists and control the very content and factual data in its programming. It can influence legislation to keep it that way. From Wikipedia: “Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator, home Internet service provider, and fourth largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Comcast also has significant holding in several cable networks (including E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, G4, The Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network), distribution (ThePlatform), and related businesses. Comcast acquired a majority stake in media conglomerate NBCUniversal in January 2011.”
More to come next week.