hoi.polloi wrote:2000 to 2001 saw the largest moves to concentrate media ownership in history. Would they not celebrate such a merger, even if it was not outright planned beforehand? Nuff said, I think.
It's funny. Many people will agree that this media monopoly exists and that the media is untrustworthy and that it is a propaganda source but they still find it unbelievable that the media fakes stories.
On another monopolistic note, here is something that many people are probably unaware of regarding the Hollywood studios though it is something well known to those who work in the "biz":
The major studios freely share their resources with one another. There is no perceivable element of competitiveness as one would normally see in other industries. In most industries one would assume that major competing corporations would never be so helpful to their competitors. That is, Coke doesn't let Pepsi use their bottling plants and Ford cars aren't built at GM's factories, etc. But, in Hollywood it is quite common to be working on, say, a Disney film at the Universal lot or on a Paramount production using Warner Bros. equipment or on an NBC sitcom shot at a CBS lot. It happens every day really and no one thinks a thing about it. It's as if there are no separate studios -- they are all working together. Tourists at the famous Universal Studios Tour might see the infamous "Bates House" from Hitchcock's movie "Psycho" (a Paramount picture) or watch the filming of a DreamWorks movie there. This sort of sharing amongst the studios is very common and visible.
And, in fact a Warner Bros. employee once told me that that IS the way it is -- the majors do, in effect, together comprise one organization, he said, and that there is a hierarchy to this organization and that Warners is at the top of it. I can't substantiate that detail but it is an easily observable fact that the studios do seem to behave in a very non-competitive way in how they share their resources. They seem, in effect, to be
all one corporation in their day to day operations. You also see this often in the credits of Hollywood productions -- giving thanks to some other studio for the use of some person or product from the other studio. We've become accustomed to this sort of Hollywood nod to competitors but it's actually a pretty strange thing in the world of business to do that.