Originally posted at The Nation, by John Nichols, on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger.
This is a very bad thing for those of us who, you know, use the internet, or watch television, or otherwise engage in communications and public media.
I repeat, this is a very bad thing.
From the piece by Nichols:
In the aftermath of a federal court decision striking down net neutrality protections that were developed to maintain an open and freewheeling discourse on the Internet, and with journalism threatened at every turn by cuts and closures, the idea of merging Comcast and Time Warner poses a threat that ought to be met with official scrutiny and grassroots opposition.
The point of the free-press protection that is outlined in the First Amendment is not to free billionaire media moguls and speculators to make more money. The point is to have a variety of voices, with multiple entry points for multiple points of view and a communications infrastructure that fosters debate, dissent and democratic discourse.
Bold face mine.