Right into my brain meat

1 02 2008

The information models I’ve recently been reading and discussing has brought to mind an idea. Methinks it would very interesting to look deeper into the models from a, and I say this hesitantly, Marxist view, ie, who controls the means of information production. Who supplies us the information (evidence/news) we use to define information? If I may indulge:

People occasionally get upset when Coke or McDonald’s opens up shop in a school and peddles their wares. Does it have to be that obvious?

I assume most educated people know that on the list of Rupert Murdoch’s assets can be found, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, HarperCollins, myspace & Fox among others.

Viacom owns MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon, Noggin, DreamWorks (jointly w/ CBS, which until 2005, was owned by Viacom), Paramount, United International Pictures (a joint venture w/ NBC Universal) + others. Does anyone else notice a problem, maybe a conflict of interests, by owning Nick/Noggin & BET/MTV? I guess that is called a cross-promotional opportunity.

CBS, which until 2005 was owned, as were ALL of these assets, by Viacom, owns MTV Books, Nickelodeon Books, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Simon & Schuster, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Westinghouse Electric.

GE owns NBC Universal, A & E (co-owns w/ Disney), The History Channel (co-owns w/ Disney), TiVo, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, etc, etc.

Disney owns, ABC, Touchstone, Miramax, ESPN, Lifetime, A & E (co-owns), The History Channel (co-owns), HBO (co-owns w/ Time Warner), Hyperion Books, etc, etc.

Time Warner owns, HBO (co-owns), Cinemax, CNN, NASCAR, New Line Cinema, AOL, etc, etc.

That’s a lot of stuff owned by very few companies. What I’ve written only scratches the surface. I just wanted to get a little into Fox, ABC, NBC & CBS. One can branch out from where I left off and get more involved in subsidiaries & parent companies. Better still, find out who sits on the boards of these 5 companies. There will be a lot of crossover. Find out what other boards these people sit on. The average board is around 12 people. Of the people that sit on the top 50 corporations in the world’s boards 99% of them sit on 2 or more other boards in the top 50. These corporations don’t just own media, food brands, electric companies, retail stores or clothing. They own textbook companies. You know, the ones kids read in schools.

To see who/what is giving money in the 2008 presidential race click here. Choose your candidate, then click on “Top Contributors.” You can also check on state and local politicians. Look up some of those companies, they are owned by some of the people I talked about above. Also, you will notice that the top contributors (just for instance, Goldman Sachs is top contributor for both Clinton & Romney) for both parties have a lot of the same companies listed. Now, why would that be?

PS, I just saw this-

The Huckabee X-Mas card. Pretty rad elbow patches, no?



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