Power over information is concentrated in the hands of one

In 1983, most of the American news media controlled by about 50 corporations. Today, media ownership is concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. They own television networks, cable channels, movie studios, newspapers, magazines, publishing houses, music labels and even many popular sites.

Six corporations that are now together control almost all of the U.S. media, it is Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. But even there, where so far not reached the tentacles of these giants, the media are becoming more concentrated. For example, the Internet is increasingly dominated by companies such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.

But most disturbing is this "Big Six."

Bo? Most of the information comes from mediaowners.com. The list below shows just a small part of the media sources that are owned by the six media behemoths.

Time Warner

Home Box Office (HBO)

Time Inc.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

CW Network (partial ownership)

TMZ

New Line Cinema

Time Warner Cable

Cinemax

Cartoon Network

TBS

TNT

America Online

MapQuest

Moviefone

Castle Rock

Sports Illustrated

Fortune

Marie Claire

People Magazine

Walt Disney

ABC Television Network

Disney Publishing

ESPN Inc.

Disney Channel

SOAPnet

A & E

Lifetime

Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Buena Vista Theatrical Productions

Buena Vista Records

Disney Records

Hollywood Records

Miramax Films

Touchstone Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures

Pixar Animation Studios

Buena Vista Games

Hyperion Books

Viacom

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Home Entertainment

Black Entertainment Television (BET)

Comedy Central

Country Music Television (CMT)

Logo

MTV

MTV Canada

MTV2

Nick Magazine

Nick at Nite

Nick Jr.

Nickelodeon

Noggin

Spike TV

The Movie Channel

TV Land

VH1

News Corporation

Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Fox Television Stations

The New York Post

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Beliefnet

Fox Business Network

Fox Kids Europe

Fox News Channel

Fox Sports Net

Fox Television Network

FX

My Network TV

MySpace

News Limited News

Phoenix InfoNews Channel

Phoenix Movies Channel

Sky PerfecTV

Speed Channel

STAR TV India

STAR TV Taiwan

STAR World

Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine

Times Literary Supplement Magazine

Times of London

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

20th Century Fox International

20th Century Fox Studios

20th Century Fox Television

BSkyB

DIRECTV

The Wall Street Journal

Fox Broadcasting Company

Fox Interactive Media

FOXTEL

HarperCollins Publishers

The National Geographic Channel

National Rugby League

News Interactive

News Outdoor

Radio Veronica

ReganBooks

Sky Italia

Sky Radio Denmark

Sky Radio Germany

Sky Radio Netherlands

STAR

Zondervan

CBS Corporation

CBS News

CBS Sports

CBS Television Network

CNET

Showtime

TV.com

CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)

CBS Consumer Products

CBS Outdoor

CW Network (50% ownership)

Infinity Broadcasting

Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)

Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal

Bravo

CNBC

NBC News

MSNBC

NBC Sports

NBC Television Network

Oxygen

SciFi Magazine

Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)

Telemundo

USA Network

Weather Channel

Focus Features

NBC Universal Television Distribution

NBC Universal Television Studio

Paxson Communications (partial ownership)

Trio

Universal Parks & Resorts

Universal Pictures

Universal Studio Home Video

This is one of the reasons why in recent years, we see the growth of alternative media. The mainstream media will quickly lose credibility and people are beginning to look for other sources of the truth about what is happening.

How many people in the mainstream will tell how evil is the Federal Reserve, or that we are threatened by a derivatives bubble that could destroy the entire global financial system as a whole? How many people will be writing about the alarming rate of de-industrialization of America or the truth of stunning in its gluttony greed Goldman Sachs?

Of course, there are a few brave journalists in the mainstream, which at times can drag these stories quietly from their corporate bosses, but in general there is a very clear understanding that there are certain things that just do not appear in the mainstream media.

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