Ownership: Gore on media

by   |  08.28.06  |  Current Events

When I agree with Al Gore, I should most likely point it out. He makes a good point about the international direction of media ownership. The flip side is the Internet, which threatens the power of tradiational media as long as it remains unregulated and unregulatable.

I’d finesse this statement though: “the only thing that matters in American politics now is having enough money to put 30-second commercials on the air often enough to convince the voters to elect you or re-elect you,” he said. “The person who has the most money to run the most ads usually wins.” It’s just as likely that the person who gets the most money is the one who people expected to win, which may be the one with the ideas people like the most. So that may prove democracy at work rather than the other way around.