Wednesday, July 3, 2013

✐ Mainstream Media and Independent Media

So, the elephant is out and with that I mean USA, NSA, Prism and Edward Snowden, before that it was Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Well not so much of surprise, governments all over the world keep secrets or lies to their citizens, also in the western "democratic" countries. In my opinion these "whistleblowers" are "the good guys", sacrificing their own lifes, by revealing these shady businesses, some governments are carrying out. And thanks to the independent media to make us aware about it. The Guardian - Glenn Greenwald
"The Guardian is part of the GMG Guardian Media Group of newspapers, radio stations, print media including The Observer Sunday newspaper, The Guardian Weekly international newspaper, and new media—Guardian Abroad website, and guardian.co.uk. All the aforementioned were owned by The Scott Trust, a charitable foundation existing between 1936 and 2008, which aimed to ensure the paper's editorial independence in perpetuity, maintaining its financial health to ensure it did not become vulnerable to take overs by for-profit media groups."
Source: Wikipedia
I have had doubts about mainstream media's credibility for quite awhile. In some cases I know for a fact that they don't tell you the whole story or angles the news in a way that serves their purposes, and who knows what they are. In my baggage I have 1 semester of Media and Communication Studies (Uni), I've learnt to examine all kinds of media with a critical mind and that knowledge is important, you need to know who owns the media, where they get their money from, etc.

Media is a powerful tool in all societies of the world, even in the so called "democratic" countries. We're exposed to propaganda all the time through main stream media, some western countries are worse than others. Don't fool yourself because you live in a "democratic" western country, that you are not exposed to propaganda, because you are. I have found some independent news channels on YouTube, I don't know if they tell the "truth", but I find it enlightening to listen or read from a range of different sources

We need a free and independent press and media, it's their duty to scrutinize what the governments and their departments are doing. In all democratic countries, one of the most important amendments is the first; 'Freedom of the press' as well as 'Freedom of speech'. The sources or "whistleblowers" have a right to be anonymous and protected.

Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! is a United States daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated program of news, analysis, and opinion.
"For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information. But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media."

RTAmerica
RT, also known as Russia Today, is an international multilingual Russian-based television network. It is registered as an autonomous non-profit organization, funded by the federal budget of Russia through the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. (Putin & Co)
"RT America broadcasts from studios in Washington, DC. We report on the other side of the story, not making any conclusions, but raising the unanswered questions."
NOTE! Not an indpendent media source. I've noticed that some of their news stories are biased, specially when it's about immigrants, and particularly when it's about muslims, and other things.



YouTube Playlist: USA + NSA + Prism - Edward Snowden

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