In 1983, 90% of our media was controlled by 50 different companies, but over the last 30 years that number has decreased exponentially, so that the images and voices that saturate our every day lives are now controlled by six corporations, which are run by the following six men: Robert Iger is the CEO of Disney, which, among many other properties owns well known properties such as: ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Miramax and Marvel Studios; Jeffrey Immelt is the CEO of General Electric, some of General Electrics well known properties are: Comcast, NBC, Universal Pictures and Focus Features; Phillippe Dauman is the CEO of Viacom, which owns properties such as: MTV, Nick Jr, BET, CMT and Paramount Pictures; Jeffrey Bewkes is the CEO of Time Warner, which owns CNN, HBO, Time, Warner Brothers, and many other notable properties; Les Moonves is the CEO of CBS, which owns Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, NFL.com, Jeopardy and 60 Minutes; Rupert Murdoch is the Executive Chairman of News Corp, which owns FOX, Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. The total revenue for these six corporations in 2010 alone? $275.9 billion.
Do you ever wonder why even though you turn the channel to watch a different news station because you want to learn about something else that happened in the world that day, you end up hearing about the same event that the channel you switched from was talking about? It’s because 70% of what you watch on TV is controlled by the “Big Six”. If there are a multitude of places to get your news, a local news station, for example, KABC Los Angeles (abc), Newsweek, Time, New York Times, CBS, Fox, CNN, etc., why are they all talking about the same thing? Because they are all run by the Big Six.
If six white men are controlling 90% of our media, you have to ask yourself, how many points of views, interests and opinions are being left out? How are our minds manipulated into being shaped by what the Big Six is, wants, represents? The next time you are listening to a news report on a trial, or watching a television show about a teenager who just realized she is pregnant, think about whose bias may be shaping the discourse.
By: Katherine Lynch