A media source which ignores or censors important issues and events severely damages freedom of information. Many modern tabloids, twenty four hour news channels and other mainstream media sources have increasingly been criticized for not conforming to general standards of journalistic integrity. In nations described as authoritarian by most international think-tanks and NGOs media ownership is generally something very close to the complete state control over information in direct or indirect ways. Undesirable consequences which occur due to media imperialism are: • Commercially driven ultra-powerful mass market media is primarily loyal to sponsors i.e. advertisers and government rather than to the public interest.
Once a large corporate is allowed to use eminent domain to condemn private houses, more companies will appeal to the court to use the same law to expand their business. As the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor warns, one can foresee the inappropriate replacement of private houses with shopping mall, hotels or factories. This conduct does not lead to the increase of the gross asset of the whole society, but simply a transfer of private property from disadvantaged people to influential interest groups. The opposition claims that larger companies provide increased tax revenues. However, the increased tax revenues may not serve the goods of the local people.
Invitation to Globalogy: An Alien Perspective takes on social problems and the authors are political deviants about it. This book suggests that a lot of problems are not a social reality that many people or they are not aware of these realities. It critiques most things that most people do not. The main topics outlined in this text such as consumerism, education, drugs, war, and neoliberalism are set up so people do not question ways of life. The consumerism chapter of this book shows that consuming is the lifestyle that seems logical to people for what someone has shows what their lifestyle is.
Although older generations have critiqued social media by saying that it is isolating younger people, individualism as Tocqueville perceived it is extremely limited since there is the exchange of new thoughts and people can common goals to fight for such as the recent DAPL protest which gained traction and success through social media. Since there are so few regulations for the internet, the freedom it allows one to see Tocqueville 's concepts for democracy in a purer form in not just America, but throughout the world. Tocqueville envisioned that his country would flourish under the democratic concepts he observed while in America. However, he considered the delicate balance each of the concepts had, knowing that if one restricted or left unrestrained, it would harm the nation. In this new technology reliant
The private sector provides 90% of employment in the developing world and provides 83.1% of the United Kingdom’s jobs. In the UK there are 5.3 million micro-businesses (0-9 employees) this makes up 96% of all businesses in the private sector. Those millions of micro-businesses account for 32% of employment and 19% turnover in the private sector. The Large businesses are the ones that bring in the most turnover and contribute the most to the economy. Businesses with over 250 employees account for 0.1% of businesses but 40% of employment and 53% of turnover.
The average family income is only $54,000. Why do we make so much less for working when all they do is play a game. We make very little compared to athletes. “LeBron James made $ 71 million last year. The President of the United States did not make that much.”pg.
Unfortunately, through the freedom granted to corporations/the wealthy through Citizens United, this spending will “distort our democracy, tilting the playing field to favor corporate interests, discouraging new candidates, chilling elected officials and shifting the overall policymaking debate…in the direction of giant corporate interests,” (Sanders and Weissman). This is one of the many reasons American citizens feel a general distrust toward “Washington” and “Wall Street.” The people in power will remain in power with no new opportunities for anyone else. Congress and the States should retain the highest powers, certainly not highly profitable corporations. Citizens United “is about dominance…by wealthy people and corporations and about legitimizing a…system that is unrepresentative, money-driven, corrupt, outmoded, and dysfunctional,” (Kairys). The wealthy are given more speech rights, leading to more representation and inequality when America is truly about democracy and equality for all.
Rousseau’s argument that empathy is missing from a reasoned society is evident all around us, yet our educational institutions, workforce and government reward the ambitious. Perhaps we can eliminate the chains we have put upon ourselves, but societal institutions provide no incentives to do so. 5 Points 1. Rousseau emphasizes the illegitimate social power of domination and its source in economic inequality. The author takes the position that these issues are under authorized by political theories.
For instance, cross-subsidization allows big corporations with activities on various media markets, to move profits from one area to another less successful one. • Single-line companies do not have such possibility and thus don’t survive competition. Then, they employ principle of reciprocity in dealing with other members of Big Six for cooperation with other unites of media conglomerate. In the final run, these processes led to both horizontal and vertical integration of the Big Six. • They drove considerable profits from such holdings as theme parks (Disney), recorded music (Time Warner, Sony, Seagram), and TV production (all the companies concerned).
While participating in this process, many people do not fully understand what exactly they are voting to support or oppose. With the rise of democratic socialism, people are often times quick to judge, calling it communism or anti-American. It is far from it however; democratic socialism supports the capitalistic model of the U.S. while also helping redistribute wealth more fairly among its citizens. Understanding politics in general, not just democratic socialism, is important. Here in the United States we have been fortunate enough to have a democratic process that most countries around the world do not have.