he term “concentration of media” is related the financial boom in the corporate sector of the western world: the role of the fourth pillar of democracy changed after corporate giants took over the ownership of media houses. The corporate giants had big money and now they had the media, a perfect combination to rule the world. The researches affecting you were telecasted on these media channels in a way that compelled you to buy a product launched by the owners of the media houses. The corporate giants attracted a gaggle of investors and rallied behind them on primetime debates, proving every illegal project of theirs as a genuinely legal and thereby fanned a fire of monopoly of these dubious companies.
Sooner media houses across the world became favoring particular parties. The television newsrooms became a platform for singing panegyrics for political leaders of questionable legality and those questioning these news channels were labeled as anti-nationals. The current scenario across the world is a wonderful example of how the corporate-driven media works. Sometimes it is hard to make out whether these news channels are running the government or the government is running them.
There is a wave of jingoism sweeping across newsrooms. It is an utter shame that the leaders, voices emphasizing on secularism and justice, underlings of social fabric, peasants, student leaders and writers saying and writing truth are all branded anti-national on prime time news channel debates. One news channel anchor once famously said that even the great Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was anti-national because the latter had advocated not boycotting neighbouring country in the upcoming World cup group stage match.
As long as media is owned and financed by corporate honchos there can never be a free press. And there would be bogus journalists crooning on primetime and exhibiting their ‘room temperature IQ” to the public on primetime. It looks like a one-way ride. Honest, incorruptible people must come forward and start investing in Media.