They all see the kettle yet none dare call it black
The four hostages in Kreditbankenrobbery sympathized with their captor
Kauai, Hawaii March 18, 2007 -
Yesterday I attended theHawaii People's Fund Media Justice Conference
at Kapi`olani Community College in Honolulu Hawaii. The major topic and concern for attendees was the
threat of media concentration to democracy. Hawaii media activists, academics, and pioneers who are andhave been at the forefront of a very select group of individuals that have some understanding of the primaryand fundamental connection between mass media, the diversity of ideas, and democracy were in attendanceas participants, presenters and panelists. Chris Conybeare's "Media and the Struggle for Democracy" presentation made it clear to those that had any lingering doubts that the media monopoly predicted byBagdikianhad come home to roost. Sean McLaughlin localized the problem by answering the question "Whoowns Hawaii? Answer: Time Warner.I thought to myself, "living in a free market version of a North Korean style state media monopoly is a badthing."Everyone seemed to think diversity was a good thing. Jay April Akaku's CEO stressed that this diversityincluded, "ideas in conflict" as a panelist in the workshop "REAL Public Access: Do we Have It?"Real public access do we have it? "No!" I thought to myself. We have sole-sourced, state created and DCCACable Television Division controlled non-profits pretending to provide free speech in the form of first-come,nondiscriminatory access. In reality these PEGs historically have been proxies functioning as a cabal to slushresources and services back to government (including education)."Combining Public, Education, and Government services and resources under one PEG roof allows internalshuffling of resources and services back to government and away from the public producer. Of course thesePEGs do provide de-minimus services to chosen public producer/presenters and favored nonprofits recipientswith the crumbs swept from the multi-million dollar banquet table funded through state mandated cablesubscriber monies. These favored public producers are not selected on a first-come, nondiscriminatory basis, but through a filtration process articulated by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky in their classic book "Manufacturing Consent".