CLOSED: What government policies could improve the news and information media?


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  1. Here's a "creative" idea:

    Here's a "creative" idea: keep ethics in the media! Stop showing sex, nudity, cursing, violence, and all that destructive filth!

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    • Disallow the cable company monopolies

      Allow more than one cable company into a town or city. As it is, I only have 1 cable company I can use. They are terrible, I have no other options, I can't go to another cable company because the government has allowed monopolies for cable companies in cities and towns.

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      • Show more coverage of bills in the senate

        I watch the news all the time and I was when I saw absolutely little to no coverage on PIPA, SOPA, and a few other bills that were huge in the news networks like ABC, FOX, and many other mainstream news. This is a stifling thing to find when the very fabric of every day life now a days is being threatened, and the media ignores it. There should be more coverage on bills, and the doings in senate to better inform the public on policies that could vastly affect their lives.
        All that is wanted is merely a blurb…

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        • Professional journalist license

          With the Internet crowded with 'citizen journalists,' it's time for organizations like the Society of Professional Journalists and universities to team up to create a licensing structure for journalists (including photojournalists). Media organizations could then make a big deal out of how many professional journalists they have on staff. It would help with credentials at events, etc. It would also mandate the kinds of training journalists should undergo to maintain standards of truthfulness in the field.

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          • The US is too puritanical. That is the whole problem.

            No other free country on the planet is as ridiculous about censorship as the US. Human anatomy is not sexual until you make such an effort to hide it. When bleeping out four letter words, the mind automatically uses its closure skills, which is more stimulating. Censorship may be instrumental in the number of sexual assaults on women and children. Don't quote me though.

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            • Ban the Use of Unnecessary Technology

              I don't think that the radio audience is being effectively served with automated stations that are run by computers that frequently break down. I don't think radio stations should ever use computers to run their stations; they should have a human being on the premises 24 hours a day. A prime example of this took place at KSLG in St. Louis, MO (at 1380 on the AM dial) on January 13 and January 27. After finishing the coverage of a Missouri State University basketball game, the computer automation failed to switch the program to Fox Sports Radio, in which the…

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              • Focus on information that builds community

                Use the government to build up communities that lack good information about civic life and public engagement. Public broadcasting is the closest thing to this. Make that funding point directly at information that creates community and informs it. Or create new model funded by the government. The BBC works in Great Britian. The U.S. deserves the best too.

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                • Consumers must change to force change in conglomerates

                  It is difficult to pinpoint specific policies that could force media to improve the quality of their news and information dissemination. While I obviously believe that mass media conglomerates aren’t the best system for producing high quality press, I think it’s futile to sit around and try to come up with ways to break up Newscorp or Disney. In our pseudo – capitalist, market based economic system, it is impossible to avoid the giant companies that tower over the business landscapes. It’s impossible to break down an economic system that has been developing for the past 240 years. But, when…

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                  • New Orleans and locally owned stations

                    It used to be that locally owned stations in New Orleans would play locally produced music. A lot of R&B and rock and roll music became classics because of this practice. Now with the out of town corporations owning local radio it's next to impossible for local artists to get airtime.

                    With talk radio here we have WRNO, a great station that airs Rush, Hannity and Levin along with a couple locally produced shows, even the Jesus Christ show. They have a Nascar show which I don't care for but is obviously popular.

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                    • FCC enforce a Code of Practice on Media Outlets

                      Regardless of Political leaning, all news outlets should abide by a Code of Practice which SHOULD BE regulated by the FCC. All parties found breaching the Code of Practice should face heavy fines, and repeat offenders should face charges and have relevant action pursued to the full extent of the Law. This will discourage any future breaches from any news and media outlets. This would hold true not just for political stories, but any subject where BIAS and OPINION are portrayed as FACTUAL, or where facts are slanted or blatantly changed to misrepresent an event.

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                      • Time Warner and Comcast Merger

                        FCC,

                        The Time Warner and Comcast merger will create a mega-corporation. The lack of competition will create lack of innovation and service to customers. Additionally no competition will raise rates to the sky with not to mention the issues of anti-trust. It is the FCC's job to ensure these mergers don't take place because it is not in the customer or the communications industries best interest.

                        Monopolies never work out for the best. America needs a Teddy Roosevelt trust buster.

                        Sincerely,

                        William

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                        • Include companies such as ATT U-Verse under definition of a cable company to hold companies such as u-verse to a higher standard

                          Companies such a ATT U-verse get away with murder, not being classified as a cable company in the Telecommunications act of 1996. Due to this they do not need to provide many essential services normal cable companies have to provide. This includes but is not limited to owning your own equipment, having the right to setup your own equipment to avoid installation fees, have accessibly to HDTV on your pc via mandatory firewire connection on all STB, and many other features standard cable companies have to provide becuase it was deemed essential by the federal communication commission for cable owners…

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                          • We don't need News Media we need written in Stone Net Neutrality.

                            The media has become obsolete and it doesn’t need replacement.
                            We don’t need sponsorship- that is corruption.
                            We don’t need corporate propaganda.
                            We don’t need state propaganda.
                            We don’t need eye witness experts.
                            We don’t need media platforms or platform holders.
                            We don’t need news organizations especially not the for profit kind.
                            We don’t need more of the money for money’s sake nonsense.
                            We don’t need media filters.

                            What is needed is true net neutrality that will ensure that citizens of the world can consider ideas relative to the impact they will have on their own lives. We need a…

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                            • Include Non-profits in do not call list

                              Whether they want to sell me something (telemarketers) or just want to take my money in exchange for NOTHING (non-profit donations) or tie up my telephone with a canned speech which will not disconnect until they finish 2 minutes of a diatribe (political recorded messages) - ALL are an intrusion on a service that I pay for in my own home. Non profits should not be exempt from Do Not Call list regulations. They call automatically, hanging up on whoever doesn't answer the phone the quickest, so I run for the phone and get hung up on. When I complain…

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                              • Stop all advertizing and other annoying information while a TV show is in progress.

                                Stop all advertizing and other annoying information while a TV show is in progress. It's wonderful to have a 55 inch HD TV. But when you have a useless logo in one corner of the screen and Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts in the other corners. It's a little hard to see the screen. Not to mention the little movie that pops up in the bottom third of the screen at the high point of your program! Ban all clutter while the program is on.

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                                • FCC's distortion news policy dichotomy

                                  The policy for combating news distortion requires insider knowledge of the event. Without an actual rule in place, the FCC's policy offers no whistle-blower's protections, yet requires a whistle-blower to file the distortion complant.

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                                  • no new policies

                                    stop the government overreach

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                                    • Wary

                                      Government involvement in the press is problematic. But a few possibilities are:
                                      * Anti-trust flexibility, such as for bundling online newspaper subscriptions.
                                      * Appropriate discrimination when awarding or renewing broadcast licenses.
                                      * Encouraging or requiring more government openness.
                                      * Federal law concerning low-profit corporations.
                                      * Support for the free flow of information in general, such as lower rates for postal, telecom, etc.
                                      * More physical access to digital media for underserved populations.
                                      * Support for libraries and media literacy, including news literacy.

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                                      • Make Internet Affordable and Available for Every American and Stop Cellular Providers from Limiting Data

                                        As the consumer, I do not choose how much data is on a website, or how much is consumed when I play a YouTube video. Verizon forced me out of my unlimited data plan when my old cell finally died. I'm in a small town in Louisiana with two grocery stores and one is Walmart. Local newspaper comes out twice a week. Maybe 1 in 50 here have the internet because they cannot afford it, so the only information they have access to is Fox News. Hundreds of thousands of Americans think and vote against their own best interest because…

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