The distracting nature of internet based news media has blinded us to the consolidation of mainstream media by a small number of select individuals such as Gina Rinehart. The voices we have permeating through our media news cycles are that of a very few incredibly rich individuals.
Mainstream media still has a lot of the power because of it’s install base. It’s in every home on TV’s, it’s the radio, it’s news paper and even if you don’t want to see it you inevitably will. And these people use that to their own advantage pushing our society in the direction these few see fit. Rupert Murdoch for example wants money and control, so he intellectually stunts our development with BS like The Sun.
The power consolidation comes in the wake of a shift between main stream media driven news forums and the internet blog-o-sphere. Twitter, Youtube and Facebook provide much better sources of first hand information than what can be provided through network media outlets. At least we can look forward to mainstream media having less of an influence on our day to day lives as time goes by, we’ve just got to keep the Murdoch’s out of our iPhone’s and we’ll be fine.