Don't let the media silence you!

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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 by rules.

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 use their creative talents.

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Conventional 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 departments

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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