Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Could this be the reason why they are pushing for control of the internet?
The Mainstream Media Is Now Obsolete
The progression of human society relies upon the steady distribution of information. The quality of that information, its accuracy and its honesty, determines the overall health of the cultures we create. When a source of information becomes compromised by unhealthy political ambition, social dogma, or the strangling hands of elitism, it’s like a poison well, spreading plague and pestilence throughout the nation, or even the world. Widely disseminated lies inspire delirium and madness in the masses faster than typhoid fever.
In America today, the person searching for a pure source of truth in the media inevitably stumbles across many poison wells.
Even if they are not yet actively pursuing alternative outlets of information, many people are aware, at least intuitively, when someone is trying to swindle them. You can present us with the assurance of delectable sirloin steaks on ornate silver platters, but if our faces are struck with the sickly stench of decay, we aren’t going to bite. Through its dishonesty and its distinct lack of substance, the mainstream media has turned up more noses than any putrid slab of unkempt beef ever could. The raw data is merciless in regards to the implosion of the MSM…
Top providers of print media (newspapers), including such “luminaries” as the Washington Post and the New York Times, have plunged in readership over the past several years. Last year, overall daily circulation for newspapers fell 10.6%, followed by another 8.7% drop so far this year:
Newspapers have shed about a quarter of their employees since 2001, and their revenues are expected to plunge through 2012:
Talk of bankruptcy has been haunting many print media providers since 2008. The common argument made here is that technology has rendered print obsolete, not their quality of news, and that when newspapers finally make the transition to the web, they will be successful again. However, those papers that have thrown their weight and money behind web based news have so far failed miserably. Rupert Murdoch’s news empire which includes the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The New York Post, and Hulu, has been unable to draw enough readers and enough ad revenue to its websites to maintain profits. Murdoch’s response has been to blame google and others for “stealing his content, threatening to pull his sites from search engines altogether and erect “paywalls” (charging just to view the sites):
Murdoch’s paywalls have been an outright financial disaster not to mention a journalistic embarrassment: