Control the mass media and you control the people; control the people and you control who they vote for and what they buy. That is why the corporate elite own the mainstream media so that they can ramp up consumerism and manipulate the democratic and legislative processes.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) / Jun 2014
If we end net neutrality — whereby all internet traffic is treated equally by cable company providers — we will be handing big business a virtual Internet monopoly. And this is exactly what the US government is now proposing. This is the first step in a gradual slide to net censorship.
Today, 1st August 2014, a new law has come into effect in Russia that means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the mass media regulator, to check that what is written conforms with the same media regulations that control larger media outlets. Internet companies are also required to allow Russian authorities access to user information. This is the Putin government clamping down on the last remaining avenue of free speech, an avenue that has been vital for its political opponents. Russia seems to be returning to its old ways and perestroika is dead.
The BBC Exposed: Big Brother News Organisation Exposé - Corbett Report / Jan 2013
The BBC has a reputation around the world as an impartial news organisation that tells it how it is. But this a PR image, and the truth is that the BBC is an establishment propaganda mill that supports its own political agendas. Also shows how to deal with BBC licencing officials.
The European Parliament today has defeated the Anti Counterfeit Trade Agreement by 478 votes to 39 (with 165 abstentions). The agreement had been signed by countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Morocco, but this rejection of ACTA will effectively stop it dead (although no doubt it will be rebranded in the future and another attempt will be made.) This is a great victory for freedom of expression online as ACTA would have involved large-scale snooping into Internet users' behaviour, including their communications. You can always stamp out piracy at the expense of privacy, but who wants to live in a Big Brother world were everything is monitored so that the entertainment industry can rake in even more billions. People everywhere are growing tired of being treated as pawns in the big-corporation profit game.