In an era of downsizing, consolidations, businesses closing their doors and corporate oligarch intrusions into private matters, it takes only for one to open their eyes and see what the future holds for public media.
If one were to do a global study of broadcasting journalism and media it would not be surprising at all to find the United States treading water and barely able to stay afloat under pressure from corporate-backed deep pocketed rivals . Depressingly so I am sure that the report would disclose its systemic low standing in public financial support for global public media. In addition I would expect to see numbers reflecting that real content has been diminished to less than half of its production time, swallowed up by ad agencies with shark-like bank accounts. As much as I would rather not say it, I now see a possible demise of public broadcasting not to far off in the distant future where lay the carcasses of public media outlets bought down by insufficient funding, poor business decisions and the corrosive effects of giant media conglomerates. When did we forget that all journalism and media is local? The prerequisite required for defending our constitutional rights is excellence in media at the community level. Sine qua non!
In augmenting a new description of media, it is my belief that we must consider new ways to build a more profound plexus of knowledge. Almost a labyrinth of networking connections this sustainable network would have a more variety of audiences and content, it would be insulated from attack by corporate oligarchies and would be accountable to its community and the Constitution of the United States of America. Recent actions by corporate media oligarchies have threatened a constitutional strangle hold on an industry that is already at the precipice of a slow death. These decisions have unconstitutional consequences that will re-define access to media. Current rules and policies will change thus putting the entire industry into a legal tailspin. It is clear and present that a constitutional crisis would exist, without the protections of the Federal Communications Commission and its ability to protect the public and the Constitution of the United States of America. On hold until a democratically controlled congress decides to address this growing crisis by passing only one vote are the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments to our constitution.