Friday, June 1, 2012

Monopoly Capitalism

Who Owns The Media (Free Press). Broadcasters make billions in profits while using the public airwaves for free. In return, they are supposed to provide programming that fulfills community needs. Instead, lobbyists have successfully fought to make it easier for broadcast companies to gobble up even more free airspace while doing less to serve the public.
  •     Bain Capital/Thomas H. Lee Partners (Clear Channel)
  •     CBS Corporation
  •     Comcast Corporation
  •     Gannett Co.
  •     News Corp.
  •     Time Warner, Inc.
  •     Tribune Company
  •     Viacom
  •     Walt Disney Company
  •     Washington Post Co.
Who Owns What (We Know Awesome):

Ever wonder what massive corporation controls all of the other companies? This crazy-amazing graphic shows who owns what and how. (Click image for zoomed view.)

How Three Hard Drive Companies Gobbled Up The Industry (BuzzFeed)

We've gone from nearly a dozen scrappy hard drive companies to three huge ones. This is what happens when a product stops being cutting edge, and becomes just one more component. (See also: LCD panels and flash storage.)

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