Archive for June 26, 2012

This week, the Greens are introducing a bill into Parliament to prevent media ownership changes unless they pass a public interest test. Labor Communications Minister Stephen Conroy is supportive of the idea — but the media moguls are already attacking the proposal — and without his support, the bill will die. But if we give Conroy our backing now, we can push Labor to side with the public and stop the runaway consolidation of our media.

The media used to serve the public as a check on government; now these corporate media barons are using it to control government.

Sign the petition to Minister Conroy now to ensure Labor backs the bill to stop them and send this to everyone: 

Here at the interpretOr, we support Avaaz as an independent, member-driven group that has been instrumental in building the foundation for media reform. From pushing for this year’s independent inquiry, to submitting thousands of public comments onto the public record, our influence has made a crucial difference.

This is our chance to begin building the kind of media our democracy so desperately needs. 

Banish the image of a classic classroom from your mind—chalkboard, desks and all. The future of education has arrived, and next-era classrooms look like, well, call centers: students seated at individual corrals, some with headphones on, being taught and drilled on quadratic equations while a teacher monitors their progress from behind her own computer. (A nightmare in the making? ed)

That was the picture painted by Rupert Murdoch when he spoke late 2011 at a two-day conference in San Francisco hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s education reform outfit. Murdoch was there, he admitted upfront, as “a businessman” ready to move into the education market. Murdoch’s News Corp. has been quietly developing virtual-learning and technology-driven products for K through 12 schools, and with his address Murdoch made his first large public splash into an arena he’s valued at $500 billion. For entrepreneurs big and small, American public school reform has become a prime business opportunity.  ( )

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