Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/29/2014 (7 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Media choices continue to shrink on television.

Have you ever tried to describe something, but lacked the vocabulary to do it? This is the concept behind Newspeak, a fictional language in George Orwell's 1984. Orwell proposed that by limiting expression, thought itself could be limited. Today, as media companies merge, the result is an increasingly monosyllabic form of reporting that stifles free thought.

Small media outlets are consumed by the large, limiting the variety of expression.

Small media outlets are consumed by the large, limiting the variety of expression.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/29/2014 (7 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Media, merger, choices, Catholic, social doctrine


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc. will reduce the number of major Hollywood studio owners to just five and leave just four big television producers. This trend, in which companies merge to form monopolies isn't new, but now those mergers are threatening expression and thought itself.

The American media is controlled by just a few families which also control editorial slant. The result is that Americans have less and less diversity of thought when choosing which media to consume. We generally know that MSNBC tends to take a left-leaning view, and Fox the right. Catholic Online takes a view that is Catholic, which is neither right nor left in the American sense, however the outlet is generally seen as publishing to the right on many issues.

Sign up for Catholic news!

However, the problem is not that publications have editorial policies and slants. The problem is that Americans face a smaller range of choice when choosing which worldview to consider.

George Orwell predicted this when he wrote 1984, imagining a future dystopian state where the language was restricted to limit the free thought and expression of the people. By literally eliminating words from the vocabulary, the expression of contrary thought becomes impossible.

What's happening in American media today is somewhat similar, at least insofar as the variety of opinions expressed to the public are coming under the control of just a few families. No more than six have control the voice in the public forum. Anyone with differing view is reduced to shouting in the cacophony of the internet, and very few are successful in doing so.

Capitalism and democracy work only where there is competition in the market of both currency and ideas. As these mergers occur, there's less competition.

Among the reasons why this trend is disturbing is because there is no voice for the Catholic Social Doctrine. There are over 1 billion Catholics in the world, but their share of voice in the media is limited to just a few outlets and those outlets have no play on prime-time television.

Catholic Online is working to correct this. If there's any good news, it's that the world is moving away from the big media outlets and television in general, and moving to the internet for its news and information. It also happens that Catholic Online is perfectly positioned for this brave new world of media consumption.

We may not be able to stop the formation of virtual media monopolies, but we can still make a difference. By getting your news from sources like Catholic Online, you have access to a Catholic perspective on the news. Current events, social doctrine, as well as prayers, information on the Saints, and more are all there, free for you to enjoy, share and discuss. Our newsletters will also keep you informed.

It's a Catholic worldview that will make the world a better place, not the secular views of a few media moguls.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More U.S.

Obama spends an alarming $3 billion on Obamacare WITHOUT Congressional approval Watch

Image of President Obama's administration is being accused of illegally spending money on Obamacare without Congressional approval.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S. Treasury Department may be moving forward with Obamacare regardless of Congressional concerns and a lack of funding, approving a $3 billion payment to health insurers despite the fact that Congress has not authorized any payments in annual ... continue reading


Obama Administration as Global Advocate for Radical LGBTI Agenda

Image of Randy Berry

By Keith A Fournier

Robert Reilly is right. The Obama administration is doing profound damage to the very understanding of human rights. We have fundamental human rights precisely because we are human persons. No-one should support the denial of truly fundamental human rights for ... continue reading


Climate change - WHERE IT HURTS: Scientists say warming will hit nation's agricultural heartland Watch

Image of The climate change panel's verdict came as a bit of a surprise: Greenhouse-gas emissions played a substantial role in Europe's misery, but not so much in California.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are very few positive things to result from climate change. Researchers now say that warmer temperatures will hit America where it counts: the nation's agricultural heartland. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers presented their latest findings ... continue reading


WITCHES ARE BACK: Witchcraft reappears in today's popular mainstream culture in unexpected ways Watch

Image of Witches are seen in both religion and as a feminist symbol.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The idea of the witch is making its rounds through history again. Females, both young and old, are embracing the power that comes with the feminist witch in today's society. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a recent twitter post, popular female rapper, Azealia ... continue reading


Alaska lights up as it become the third U.S. state to legalize marijuana Watch

Image of Twenty-three states still prohibit cannabis outright. The other U.S. states have either legalized medical marijuana or decriminalized marijuana possession.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The state of Alaska is lighting up in celebration... following Colorado's lead, Alaska has become the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Voters passed the Alaska Marijuana Legalization ballot measure last ... continue reading


The Air Force pulls a B-52 from the 'Boneyard,' and you won't believe what they did with it next Watch

Image of A B-52, one of the largest and most effective bombers in the world.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the first time in aircraft's history, the U.S. Air Force has brought a B-52 bomber back to life from the Boneyard of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nicknamed "Ghost Rider," this 53-year-old bomber had ... continue reading


Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas on the Chair of St. Peter and the Role of the Pope

Image of

By Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

The doctrine of infallibility, then, is derived from the principle of apostolic succession and from the fact that Jesus Christ promised His presence to His apostles when He sent them forth to teach all the nations (cf. Mt 28:20).  The Pope and the bishops in ... continue reading


'I don't know' whether Obama is a Christian, Governor Scott K. Walker of Wisconsin says Watch

Image of Governor Scott Walker declined to weigh in on Rudolf Giuliani's characterization of the president's patriotism and background.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When reporters asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker about U.S. President Barack Obama's religious affiliation, he said, "I don't know." Considered a possible Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016, Walker said he was not aware of Obama's faith.  ... continue reading


Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

Image of

By Jennifer Hartline

I can't say it any better than the Dowager Countess of Grantham: Have we all stepped through the looking glass? Yes, I'm afraid that collectively, as a culture, we have indeed. We no longer seem to recognize the plainly absurd as absurd. Up is down; out is in; ... continue reading


15 'mortifying disasters' every '90s girl experienced Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Growing up in the '90s was full of iced-tips, crop tops, died hair, Spice Girls and boy bands. Being a girl growing up in the '90s, certain disastrous things could happen that would leave you "mortified." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) With some help from BuzzFeed, ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19
16 'Yahweh your God commands you today to observe ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48
43 'You have heard how it was said, You will love ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 28th, 2015 Image

St. Hilary, Pope
February 28: Pope from 461-468 and guardian of Church unity. He was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter