Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FPR Blog 11: Media Monopoly; Consolidating to Control.

Main Source: Public Integrity.org

It's funny that this article should come out now. I've been researching online for weeks on a story I'm doing on the mainstream media and it's corruption by way of corporations.

I take a break from writing a few hours a day to look for electronic music to play on the stream. I like to visit my favorite sites for information while I do this..

Public Integrity is one of those websites.

They published a story on Tuesday, June 1, 2015, on a cable merger which would allow for an enormous cable company, to buy out another enormous cable company.


Cable company, Charter Communications Inc. proposed a $57 billion buyout of Time Warner Cable Inc.

Does that sound like a big deal to you? I mean it's a huge deal in the communication, cable and financial communities. But, are you cool with this? Is it fine, as long as your cable stays the same price or do you just not care one way or the other?

If any of these feelings are the case, then I need you to stop for a moment. You've followed me this far down the rabbit hole, might as well stay a few minutes and see how far down it goes...

For anyone who doesn't know, or care, hasn't asked or was never told, the idea of cameras in cable boxes hit the media around 2008, maybe a bit earlier. It came up here and there in 2011 and 2013. I haven't heard much it since then.

Why would we need a camera in our cable boxes anyway? Well, to cater advertisements for you of course. It's also there to know when you fall asleep so it can shut down. It also wakes up when you walk into the room.

Have you ever heard your cable box make a sound when you walk into your living room? Have you ever woken up and the t.v. be on but the cable box is asleep? On some boxes, you have to touch the remote to wake it up, others you just have to move.

That's some spooky stuff.

Still, though, outside of ripping my cable box apart, I honestly can't tell you if it's there or not. But I've been searching and I came up with some stuff you might be interested in...

Check this out...

This is from a Washington Times Article, written y Cheryl K. Chumley on Monday, June 17, 2013.

It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.

The technology includes cameras and microphones that are installed on DVRs or cable boxes and analyzes viewers’ responses, behaviors and statements to various ads and then provides advertisements that are targeted to the particular household.

Read more.

I put the times article there so you can see that a mainstream paper, which I would think is deep in the pockets of political animals, covered it at all. I could be wrong, but I didn't want you to think this came from some whacky site.

Here's another site that I think is reputable, Digital Trends. They did a story that's the most recent I've found so far...

Verizon is introducing a new patent that aims to tailor television commercials based on what you’re physically doing. The patent will put cameras in your cable box to play condom commercials when you’re cuddling.

That's terrific, isn't it..?

Based on the sensors’ analysis, the Verizon box will air relevant commercials to cater to whatever you’re doing. These actions can include the user talking or playing a game with another person, or interacting with their mobile devices. 

Read More.

This last one I'm going to post is also a recent piece from a mainstream media source; CNN Money.

Your Samsung TV is eavesdropping on your private conversations.

Be careful what you say in front of your Samsung TV. It's listening to you.
Many Samsung "SmartTVs" come equipped with voice recognition, which allows you to bark commands at your TV. Since the television is always listening for your voice, Samsung has warned its SmartTV customers that every word is being captured and sent over the Internet.

"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition," Samsung posted in its SmartTV privacy policy.

Read More.

Can you believe that!?
Of course, it's in the privacy statement no one bothers to read.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Read those terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policy. Some stuff is basic and harmless, but other's might make you think twice about buying it.

How any of this is even considered, is amazing to me. Have we really fallen that far? Can we the people be so blind, deaf, lazy and I'm sorry to say blissfully ignorant, to care, know or try to comprehend how serious this is?

If this deal goes down, there will be no one or no way to stop one company from owning all the cable, communication and network t.v. companies.

In essence, controlling every single thing we watch, read and hear and charging whatever price they feel they're worth.

If you think some of the news is rigged now, like FOX, you have no idea what this will bring.

Listen, just because underground and alternative sites like Public Integrity are the only sources for this kind of information, doesn't mean it's not true.

Just look at how many times the mainstream news has not reported on serious issues. There used to be a brand for this kind of information. People were better informed in the mid to late 20th century.

It started to fall apart in the 90's. Now, I have no idea what's going...

I just recently saw CNN do an entire segment, commercial to next commercial, on Bruce Jenner's sex change. These are the people who were the only network to broadcast live from within the first gulf war while it was happening. Right, dab smack in the middle of it.

HBO even did a flick on it.

Then you have to think of who owns CNN (Ted Turner) and look how he feels about the population.

We can't look past what we already know... The mainstream media, in combination with the corporations that not just own them, but pay them for air time, can't trust to be honest and report on those very same companies they should be investigating...

They have political interests as well, which side depends on the network. But, no matter what side, there is a direct political campaign coming from main stream media today and it will only get worse.

Here's the article...

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/06/01/17427/likely-approval-seen-latest-cable-merger


Also here are some other sources for this type of information...

https://usahitman.com/

http://anonhq.com/

http://www.activistpost.com/

http://www.voanews.com/

http://www.alternet.org/

http://rt.com/

Sources Quoted:
PublicIntegrity.org
http://www.digitaltrends.com/
http://www.washingtontimes.com/
http://money.cnn.com/

Remember, fight for yourself. Fight for the web and fight for the next step in evolution. It's never too late...

Thank you for reading faithful.

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