Media concentration, market consolidation, vertical integration, call it whatever catch phrase you like. It all means the same thing. Fewer and fewer corporate identities are producing content, sending it out from their outlets on their transmission systems to your devices they sell and contract to you. It's been going on and spreading for 40 years but the last decade has seen this cannibalization and elimination of diversity in opinion and thought reach a fever pitch.
Canada is the runaway leader of media monopoly in the G8 nations by a wide margin. Yes, a large degree greater than the United States. From the Royal Irvings who own every english paper in New Brunswick, to the perverted legacies of Ted Rogers and Izzy Asper, to the megalomania of Pierre Karl Peladeau and Conrad Black, to the absolute fireball destruction known as Postmedia and Paul Godfrey. Has it been enabled by governments? Yes, indeed. Has it been sold by these same conglomerates as the cure-all of the 21st century? Absolutely. Has it worked at all? For a few at the top, yes. For the public, for employees, for unions, for investors, for freedom of expression and diversity of opinion, the answer is a resounding no.
But it's not over. The cause is not yet lost. The internet has yet to be corralled, despite constant efforts to do so. The last frontier is producing independent content interested in journalism, truth and ethics. Just as originally intended before news was a commodity. Before "infotainment".
Someone at the forefront of that fight is Sandy Garossino, Associate Editor of the National Observer. Sandy joins us in the second half of the show to explain the uphill battle for independent media in 21st century Canada. A battle that deserves your support and attention.
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