FCC testimony on media ownership: Joyce Glasgow

Hello. Here we are again. Thank you for coming back out. I was at the last one three years ago at the UW. And, first of all, I would like to say this is a very auspicious occasion that this should be happening today; it’s the seven-year anniversary of the WTO protests in the streets of Seattle. We, as concerned citizens, stood in the streets up against global domination by corporations and injustice towards people in society… we are here today. This is what democracy looks like as we said.

All right, I am a writer and I write for a small paper, The Seattle Daily News. I am pretty new at it, and, in my own small way, one of the joys that I get out of writing is to write about things that are important, educational, and inspiring. I get great joy out of writing about things that I think will inspire, activate, energize, and educate others. I think that this is something that is sorely lacking in our mainstream media. It is all about dumbed down, celebrity hyped static, and people just don’t have a chance to really learn important things. Everything is trivialized. Important things are trivialized and unimportant things are glorified.

I would like to ask you to please nurture independent and free speech, media that is diversified, uncensored, and that is unfettered by any kind of corporate loyalties. Media that is not motivated primarily by greed, political affiliation, political desires, or ideologies. I would like to see that all people who are running for office have free access to every media, every television, and every radio, and so these are the things I would like to request from you. I don’t know what else to say, but I know that you both are really incredible people and support us. And I thank you so much for coming here. Thank you.

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