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Last Blog – Protest

Of all the stories in this book I found the chapter on nuclear energy to be the most compelling for me. It is not surprising that the government would spend millions, even billions of dollars, on something that a large part of the public had little to no knowledge of. The government continued their nuclear energy campaign despite numerous protests at all of the major nuclear plants around the country. This was amazing to me because I find it outrageous that the news of an uproar in anger through protest would be so covered up by historians who should be giving Americans unbiased information. I also found a lot of parallels amongst the NRC and the FCC today. Both these government organizations were given the task of regulating the industry, instead they let the industry control them. Both the media industry of today and the nuclear industry of the past four decades were immensely large industries with very deep pockets, fully capable of paying off their respective regulatory government organizations. Both the FCC and the NRC were given the task of protecting the American from the harms of powerful corporations, instead they ended being the lapdogs of the industries. I think that it is extremely important that American citizens challenge the media industry just like they did with the nuclear industry. The question now remains how to accomplish such a task on a much larger scale? Hopefully Mr. Williams can provide some insight to this question, and perhaps draw some clear parallels between the strategies used by nuclear protestors and apply those similar strategies to the media industry. Nuclear spending has decreased tremendously over the past decade or so as clean energy sources have now taken primary importance.  I feel like this change in focus was greatly influenced by the protest that ensued throughout the country during the 1980s and 1990s. This gives us hope for the future, maybe with a little determination and shear manpower we can force a change in the media, cause clearly we need it.

Conversely, lessons from this movement could be used in the music industry. Currently the music industry is under the control of only a few major record labels. The days of independent labels had ended until the invention of Youtube and social networking. Now musicians are able to gain some attention from self-advertising to the public but in the end these music labels are the ones that decide who can make a career from their songs. I would ask Eesha how principals taken from this story could apply to the music industry’s current issues?

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  1. Kathleen
    November 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Great post, Sam and good relation to the music industry. It’s apparent from your writing that your ideas on media and ownership have really grown throughout the quarter. Nice job.

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