posted on Jan, 26 2008 @ 10:09 AM
I'm not into homeland or nationality ego, but sometimes I feel urge to tell people - especially to those from USA - that there are alternative ways
of doing and organizing media without full goverment control. What's good about it is that it forces commercial companies to make their ads and such
less intrusive. This system proapbly doesn't work in very large countries.
We have two national tv-channels and around five or six radio-stations owned by our goverment. They have pretty much no control on what is displayed
on those channels, except normal age restrictions (11, 13, 15, 18). There are however things that are controlled by goverment on these two
channels. Those things are: absolute ban of commercials or in-product placements, control of budget in a way that goverment doesn't pay their bills
if they make mistakes, standards used to send broadcasts are pretty much defined by this company (without any commercial interests), requirement to
have representatives from all parties among leadership (this is controlled by commercial media by critic. Very strong critic about independence and
influence of whoever persons).
Also, unversities have a Lot to say about what is aired and what not. There have been good documents about terrorism from within religion,
about good things in islam, islam in general and at some point they aired very critical documents about what happens if islamic people start to move
into europe (Turkey wants to join EU, but nobody wants their citizens to be able to move within central, northern or western europe). If we put even
one clearly commercially tie dup professor or expert in any documentation, all hell breaks loose in media, usenet newsgroups and forums on web.
What comes to parodies and humor in general, anything is allowed as long as purpose is not to insult but to enterntain. We can publish anything we
want, as I understand is allowed in USA as well.
There's a lot of critic going on against goverment controlled media, but the idea is not in controlling what is aired but restricting things that DO
make some source of information dependant of any commercial entity or individual. In Finland, it works, and as far as I know, BBC of great britain is
well laid in exactly same manner as well.
I'm not 100% certain that every subject of information is neutral, nor am I naive enough to believe that, but this system comes a long, long way
towards being trustworthy. In our reported history of goverment controlled mediachannels, there has been exactly ONE time any news item broadcasted
was not real. This happened about 10 years ago, and there has been at least 70 years of broadcasts from that source. Neutrality as well is controlled
quite tightly, and it is not even allowed to say that some political party is better than other. Not by that channel, they will have to stand up for
themselves in specially arranged broadcasts.
We have our own gossp-magazines as well, and a lot of people do read them and like to continue reading them, but serious stuff is never, ever
personalized into any single leader (expect in low quality magazines but everybody knows not to trust when reading them. wanting is another
A few times a year, many magazines tell that they do not want american style broadcasts, news items or anything like that in our coutry. Even media is
against it, as owners actully want to get some real, good and neutral news for themselves as well. In Finland, CNN, Fox News and some others are
The problem in large numer of citizens is that even minority groups can get millions of supporters, which then allows them to advertise themselves as
somebody who has "6 million people are against x, please join us". This creates a dominoeffect that sometimes will bring up new and propably idiotic
views into public interest, and sometimes it goes through all barriers, becoming reality. This cannot happen in a small country, unless there really
are about 100k supporters, which is still realtively a larger number.
Please take no offence, whoever you are, reading this post.
[edit on 26/1/08 by rawsom]
[edit on 26/1/08 by rawsom]