On Monday, March 16th we gathered to watch the documentary film Shadows of Liberty a critique of the sorry state of our corporate media where a handful of mega corporations decide what is news and what isn’t. Their decision shape our public narrative, influence policy and distort our reality.
The movie ends with a discussion of the Internet as our last refuge from the mainstream media (AKA the LameStream Media). It discusses the early days of the struggle for Net Neutrality– a battle that We the People have remarkably almost triumphed on. I say “almost” because the story isn’t over. Yet. The FCC has agreed to protect Net Neutrality and has declared the Internet as a Common Carrier that can’t be dominated by corporations. That is a huge victory. But our Congress has still to vote on it, and their corporate benefactors are lobbying heavily to overturn the FCC’s recent determination. So now would be a great time for YOU to lobby your congress men and women (House, Senate) so they know how important an open Internet is to YOU.
Some Groups Who Spearheaded the Fight for Net Neutrality
Here is a great master list of organizations fighting for media fairness (and their opponents) from Bill Moyers.
And here’s a list of the major opponents of Net Neutality who have spent tons of corporate money to defeat it.
The Alternative Press
Here are some reliable places to get your news–the news that is too often blacked out by the mainstream media (in no particular order). There are many more but this is a start: