Does it matter who owns and controls the media? Does it matter who is feeding us the information that we see, read and hear every day? There are a lot of people who would say ‘It doesn’t matter, its only the news’, and there are also a lot of people who have strong opinions about who owns the media and what/how information is being released to the public.
Here is something to consider. If for some reason all of the world’s media enterprises were handed over to you, how would you control them? Would you release information from every other persons viewpoint regardless of whether you thought it was right? Or just the information that you think is important?
I think the point that I’m making her is that everyone has their own opinion on any given topic, whether it is the same one as the person standing next to them or not. This is why I think it matters who owns and controls the media because if we are just taking in information from one point of view, we aren’t able to make an informed opinion on the topic for ourselves. In my opinion, diversity is the key in who owns the media because if there is a large variety of viewpoints on information being fed to us, we are able to establish a more informed opinion about any given topic. If there was only one company who owned the media, it would get to the point where we would be getting almost identical information in the TV, newspapers, radio etc. I mean, there will always be stuff on the internet like smaller independent blogs with different opinions, but finding them is much more difficult than just watching the six o’clock news.
Here is an article which tells of Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s proposal to change media ownership laws, allowing companies to own more media outlets:
This could potentially be a problem for diversity in media ownership. The change in the current media laws, like removing the ‘two out of three’ rule which allows companies to only own two of either TV, radio or newspapers, would see the companies with more money take over the media industry. Diversity would basically be dead, as companies with less money would be unable to compete with their richer rivals, meaning that the information we would be receiving would only be from a particular view.
So I guess I can wrap this up by saying that in my opinion, yes it does matter who owns the media. It is important to have a number of takes on a particular topic so you have more credibility in your own opinions. You’ve read my blog and my take on whether or not it matters who owns the media, and next you might read a blog of someone saying that it doesn’t matter who owns the media. And that’s the thing, now that you’ve seen the topic from different viewpoints, you are now able to make up your own opinion.
– N.D, Photograph, Viewed 17 April, https://imgflip.com/i/csbj3
– Knott, M 2015, Abbott to meet TV executives over changes to media ownership, News Article, Viewed 17 April, http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/abbott-to-meet-tv-executives-over-changes-to-media-ownership-20150411-1mj05f.html