Media Consolidation: the Illusion of Choice

Graphic of executive playing puppeteer with a television, newspaper, radio, and camera as the puppets broadcasting information to the (in the graphic literally) little people below

FRUGAL DAD This information and the accompanying graphics come from a larger infographic that can be found at frugaldad.com along with a list of sources.—Ed Media has never been more consolidated. 6 media giants now control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch, or listen to. The Big Six control 70% of your cable. …

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Occupy Obamacare

Protesters demonstrating with large nurse puppet (with huge blue hands) for single-payer healthcare

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN A Few Table Scraps from the Corporations Aren’t Enough I was surprised to see so many people demonstrate in support of the Obama health care plan when the Supreme Court was hearing arguments over its constitutionality a few weeks ago. I was even more surprised at my own concern over the possibility …

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The Privilege to Protest

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Hidden Classism and Ableism In anticipation of what could potentially be one of the greatest May Day demonstrations in the recent history of North America, major news outlets reported that police departments everywhere were geared up and prepared for confrontations. Special attention should be paid as to whether there was an unusual …

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Occupy: The Left or The 99%?

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN We may not like what sometimes even more than half (or approaching half in other cases) of our fellow citizens believe on some particular issue, and we don’t have to support their views, but we can’t pretend they don’t really believe it; nor that we understand that issue better, and they would …

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