Sunday, 9 May 2010

naomi klein on journalism under corporate convergence

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Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine, named one of the
40 top bloggers by the UK Times.


Back in September 2000, Naomi Klein had this to say in her column carried by Canada newspaper, Globe and Mail:

The question that faces all the media outlets being "bundled" into synergy-driven communication conglomerates (and that includes CTV, Global, Maclean's magazine, Rogers television, and all of Conrad Black's papers sold to CanWest) is whether journalism can survive in this climate of corporate convergence. The very essence of good journalism, after all, is fierce independence and freedom from entangling conflicts of interest. How can that be reconciled with synergy's quest for integration and cross-promotion?

Nearly 10 years later, and trillions wiped off "free" markets, the answer seems obvious - it can't be reconciled. Journalism has not survived.

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