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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

The Suits and the Talking Heads

As technology continues to evolve and media outlets expand, ownership is steadily decreasing at an incredible rate. Few major media conglomerates rule the ever-growing industry, thus poisoning said media outlets with biased opinions and limiting the variety of topics being covered. Figureheads who run the news outlets are using their power to influence what news gets aired and what is to be omitted from each broadcast, tailored to their own personal bias. These overwhelmingly large companies have continued to increase their vast empires by buying out smaller companies and popular programs. Employees often lose their jobs or receive a pay-cut due because the major companies already have employees to fill positions that overlap between the two formerly separated institutions. Mergers have all but eliminated one of the most fundamental principles America has grown to appreciate and enjoy as a whole – competition. The U.S. government’s “Lassiez-Faire” attitude toward the economy has helped to eradicate business and journalism as we know it.

Presenter: Sarah Parton (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 106 Holmes
Time: 4:25 pm (Session V)