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Something for the Weekend

A few links to keep you online this weekend:

  • http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html

    We all (should) know that the majority of the world’s media holdings are owned by a handful of media conglomerates, but this is a novel way to display the information.

    Albeit slightly outdated (1991), Mark Crispin Miller’s article and the corresponding visual shows vividly how in the early 1990s America’s media was majority owned by just ten corporations. However, in the 16 years since its publication not much has changed – but now 90% of America’s media is owned by not ten, but just six of these corporations that have grown tremendously: Disney, Viacom, AOL Time Warner, News Corp., Bertelsmann AG and General Electric.

    Wonder why this matters? Read about the Monsanto bovine growth hormone controversy to get an idea.

Enjoy!