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Why should you be concerned about the Establishment Press and what you read?
Firstly, the Press believes that the presence of dedicated volunteers and entrepreneurs into the field of "print" journalism devalues the position of some marginal journalists, by providing an alternative news source as competition, and therefore devaluing the product they produce.
Secondly and more importantly, the Establishment Press has been not so much in the news reporting business for the past few decades as in the news management business.
The threat to independent journalism from rapidly consolidating press ownership has been adequately documented for the past several years. Corporations are buying up media outlets less for profit than for power. By controlling the media, they believe they can control the national consciousness. By replacing adversarial journalism with fluff "infotainment", the consumer is denied knowledge of very important issues.
Thirdly, the Establishment Press has implied that the "reader" is not sophisticated enough to weed through "unfiltered news" and ferret out the truth. But the fact is, Internet news readers are among the most intelligent in the world.
[ Stats - Data Network Systems ]
- 95% of all readers had a college education
- 64% held advanced degrees
- Over half had incomes exceeding $50,000/yr
The idea that Internet news consumers lack sophistication is totally false
The growing popularity of the Internet as a news source, along with the shrinking popularity of virtually all traditional news sources indicates that the Press is simply another business, geared to generate profits, and an industry that gives people little of what they want. We think people want "the unfiltered truth" and we believe, thanks in large part to the Internet, that desire is more attainable today than it has ever been.
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