Media Politics

Writings by Jonathan Lawson

Media Politics: Could Your Cable be doing More?

Some seventy percent of Americans now get their television through cable, rather than over the public airwaves. An increasing number of us also use our cable connections for broadband Internet services, instead of choosing telephone-based dialup or DSL connections. Many observers agree that cable will be the dominant medium for Internet access within a few years, as it is now for television. The fat pipelines of many cities' cable infrastructure already has the capability to carry much more information than it currently does. This of course could include extra channels--hey Comcast, how about bundling in Free Speech TV, or al-Jazeera, or more public access channels? Beyond that, additional services such as home security systems and even voice telephony are not only possible, they're being bundled into competitively-priced cable service packages right now. If you don't have access to all these services, your cable could be doing more.

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Barnraising in Spokane: Fertile Season for Community Media

Media Politics: Autumn is Fertile for Community Media
by Jonathan Lawson

Just a year ago, in the days following Seattle's Reclaim the Media conference, low-power FM activist Pete Tridish of the Philadelphia-based Prometheus Radio Project embarked on a short mini-tour of regional LPFM applicants.

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Media Politics: Study Suggests NAB and NPR Lied to Congress

by Jonathan Lawson

In Seattle, there's no FM station on the dial between the University of Washington's KUOW (94.9) and Clear Channel's KJR (95.9), because of the FCC's rules about how widely stations need to be separated in order to avoid signal interference. The intermediate frequency of 95.3 is

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Reclaim the Media responds to FCC ruling

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Local Media Reform Advocates Pledge to Continue Battle despite FCC Ruling

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Media Politics: Hearst's Tentacle Swats Times, Ownership Rules

The gloves are coming off in the fight between the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Post-Intelligencer, and Seattle Times majority owner Frank Blethen. The conflict concerns the Joint Operating Agreement which links the two papers' non-editorial divisions and gives Seattle the increasingly rare distinction

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Media Politics: News or Propaganda?

Hafiz al-Mirazi, Washington bureau chief of the Qatar-based satellite news network al-Jazeera, asks of his own channel, are our broadcasts news or propaganda? but he asks the same question of CNN, ABC and other US broadcast networks.

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Media Politics: Broadband Internet is a Public Resource

Who controls public access to the Internet? When a city lets a private company tear up its streets to plant a fiber optic communications network, what public benefits should the city receive in return?

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Media Politics: The Urge to Merge and Converge

by Jonathan Lawson

Few observers of 2000's protracted walkout by Seattle Times and Post-Intelligencer workers could have imagined an issue that would bring together the union representing the papers' employees and Frank Blethen, owner of the Times, as comrades in struggle.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey