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The media through which people receive information include newspapers, radio, television and the Internet. Other forms of communication can also be regarded as media, including books, music and simple speech.


The mass media (newspapers, radio and television) are especially well suited to use by propagandists, because they typically entail a relatively small staff of information producers whose messages are then broadcast to thousands or even millions of people.

For this reason, governments, corporations and other powerful sectors of society try very hard to control the type of information found in the mass media. Owners, advertisers, public relations firms, and journalists themselves all play a role in shaping the messages that appear in the media and try to influence our thinking.

"Corporate-dominated media -- which have amassed power and wealth through the use of public property, the airwaves -- are an anti-democratic force. They turn the election process into sport and horse race, while censoring or downplaying important issues that might offend the economic and political powers that be. Put into the hands of a few conglomerates, U.S. news media have increasingly become WMDs -- Weapons of Mass Distraction and Weapons of Mass Deception." [1]

The massive consolidation of major media outlets has prompted increasing concern about media trends that compromise the quality of journalism and the ability of citizens to be well informed about issues that affect and concern them.

Find out who controls the media in your area in the U.S. with the Media Tracker.

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Non-profit Media Groups


Publishing companies

Wire services

Media Advocacy Groups and Journalists Organizations

Media lobbying groups

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