Media Reform Working Group Introduction
This page is designed to aid in allowing a group of individuals to help each other in reforming and/or replacing the Major News Media in America.
You can become part of that group by clicking here and selecting Media Reform in the Category field on the form which will appear.
Some of our Methods plus Background Information:
An overview of the problem of the domination of the American airwaves by a small set of corporations, plus associated links can be found on this site by clicking here.
Our approach is to aid in organizing a number of different media reform/replace methods that will help fit many different individual's skills, time and resources.
The overall intention is to make significant inroads in providing viable pragmatic alternatives for daily news. The set of Americans, who due to their busy lives, mainly get their information from major media outlets, but have doubts about the credibly of the "major media" and yet are still influenced by it are the people we most hope to eventually reach. This is the set of functional Americans who control the outcome of major elections due to their relatively high voter turnout.
Our methods of replacing and reforming the Major Media:
1) Forming regional closely held corporations and other similar entities that allow individuals who have a set of common good values and intentions to pool their money and skills to buy and/or help staff local radio and TV stations when they come up for sale.
This is one of the methods that the Religious Right Wing used, they own close to a thousand TV and radio stations across America. One of the principal architects of their success was Pat Robertson.
2) Helping organize and provide technological, monetary and syndication-distribution resources for a new source of information that is gradually appearing, that will use PC tablet (full size screen, but easily hold able) and high-speed Internet type technologies to distribute information. The "news shows" that probably have greatest chance of taking audience share from traditional TV news and major newspapers are something that appears to the user as a hybrid between a TV broadcast and a newspaper.
This technology is less capital intensive than buying existing radio and TV stations and there are already a number of Internet based alternative news gathering services in existence. The obvious disadvantage is it must capture an audience that is used to the more passive TV and radio medium and the Major Media is already entering this arena.
3) Target boycotts of businesses that sponsor local TV and Radio programs that have a major bias towards the worst elements of the status quo.
This has been done with some success and it works best when targets are carefully chosen; regional voting patterns and program rating information is an important determinate in calculating the chance of success.
Please help by becoming part of the Media Reform Working Group:
clicking here and selecting Media Reform in the Category field on the form which will appear.