Conventional media make people into passive consumers.
The message of conventional media is that people don't need to think
for themselves, but instead should follow instructions and abide
Conventional media seek to silence people, by making people observers
in a world without views. When the tendency of conventional media to silence people
is taken away, what remains is merely technology, more specifically
the Information Technology (IT) that makes content stream in a one-way
direction to an audience that passively consumes this content.
PageTV breaks with this tradition, focusing on the Internet to
change the legacy of TV. Instead of offering channels where content streams
one-way to the audience, PageTV presents a webpage for each interest.
Pages are selected that encourage people to develop an interest in a specific
topic or issue, to participate in discussions and to
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media are to a large extent shaped by government.
Often, news reports are little more than cut-and-paste-jobs
from news-releases by politicians, the police, treasury and other
Government influences conventional media both as a news source,
as an advertiser and as a legislator. Its taxation,
allocation of frequencies, licensing policy and general
bureaucracy creates cartels of media organizations with privileged
access to government, effectively making it very hard for
newcomers to enter the market. Government may embrace
competition policy, but its main concern remains enforcing its
own position of control, e.g. by setting standards, imposing
financial and security controls and restricting imports, foreign
investment, immigration and exports of encryption software.
Conventional media therefore are not only a product of
legislative controls, they also depend on government as a
customer and as a source of information. This makes conventional
media prone to endorse government as an institution, to defend
the political status quo, and to filter out radical views.
Government speaks in many ways through conventional media.
The Internet is much more
interactive by comparison. Forums, mailing lists and groups allow
members to participate in discussion, voice opinions,
make comments and get feedback in many ways. Such discussions may
focus on very specific topics, too specialized for the mass-market
approach of conventional media.
Become vocal and have a look at this index of groups and lists
to see if there is
something in your interest area!
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