content, is a problematic source of embarrassment as the two are “diabolicallyvolatile.”
Why is fairness and diversity in media important? In our nation’s history the mediawas an effective tool for Samuel Adams in rallying colonists against British troopsduring the Revolutionary War.
an organization that supports free press inCentral and Eastern Europe further explains that, “[w]hat can generally be asserted formost of the countries of Eastern Europe is that the media served the elites in power:they did this by misinforming the people, by creating stereotypes of enemies and theWest, by ‘educating’ the masses, by interpreting Party directives and indoctrinatingthrough ideology.
The ideological hegemony and the monopoly on power perpetuated by the media was based on two foundations: the suppression of individual interests andthe egalitarianism of poverty.”
Cries for media fairness in the United States aregenerally not the result of a desire to avoid or initiate revolution, but recent historywarns that the various electronic media have considerable power, and control should bediversified to a multitude of responsible gatekeepers and not subject to the centralchoke-point that a monopoly represents.
ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITTANICA, ADAMS, SAMUEL; COMMITMENT TO AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
(visited Jan. 12, 2001)<http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/6/0,5716,3716+2,00.html>.
Press Now is a Dutch organization dedicated to free press in countries such as Bosnia-Hercegovina, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria,Romania, and Croatia. The Chairman of Press Now is Erik Jurgens, constitutional law professor at the Free University in Amsterdam, member of the Upper House of the Netherlands Parliament, and member of the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe. (visited Jan. 15, 2001)<http://www.dds.nl/~pressnow/about/board.html>.
Why Should Independent Media Be Supported in Countries in Transition?
Press Now (visited Jan. 15, 2001)<http://www.dds.nl/~pressnow/dossier/whysupport.html>
The term “choke-point” is used to describe the bottleneck effect of a monopoly upon the broadcast media. A choke-point ischaracterized by the ease of affecting many broadcast stations by the control of one owner , or the influence of another upon the