The few massive corporations that dominate the modern media landscape are driven by profit making, and not by a desire to provide the balanced journalism and programming that a democratic society requires. The emergence of Fox News Channel, a network that has staked its success on the promotion of highly partisan and opinionated news personalities, has sparked an industry-wide shift from hard news to hyperbole and "infotainment."
Is the public served well by news outlets that project and reflect opinions rather than present facts and new information?
What we are really witnessing is the fault lines of a media industry in turmoil -- what many are calling a "post-journalism" period, where mainstream media reporting is more about packaging and entertainment than about information sharing.
The ongoing consolidation of Big Media has sparked a widespread public backlash; more and more Americans are calling out for a media system of their own, one that responds to diverse needs and involves them in civic discussions about our democracy.
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