Mergers: A Strategic Weapon

In current years, merging and acquisition (M&A) activity in TV broadcasting and distribution has been searing up. Consolidation in these industries follow a cyclical pattern, with economic and regulatory policies accelerating or slowing down. A mixture of vertical and horizontal integration and conglomeration, more accurately describes the shifts in political economy and regulatory policy. Below […]

The Illusion of Choice

The vertical integration of Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox connects well with Holt’s Empires of Entertainment.  Much like when Regan left office in 1989, today’s media industry is adapting through purchases and mergers.  Though mergers and purchases are frequent in today’s media environment, they are not always beneficial to the industry as a whole.   Disney […]

Another Take on Synergy

What it is? Where do we see it? And how has it influenced our access to media? The first image that appears in my mind upon hearing the word synergy, is the act of working together. I think about that harmonious scene from Elf  when the camera zooms onto the table in the middle of Santa’s work shop […]

The Paradox of Neoliberalism

When reading Empires of Entertainment (Holt) I was struck by one particular quote; “Robert Britt Horwitz explains in The Irony of Regulatory Reform (1989) that deregulation incorporated a “surprisingly heterogeneous” political coalition that was aligned against continued government regulation.” (Holt, 12) The phrase “surprisingly heterogeneous” regarding the state of media landscapes rings true even almost […]

Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Net Neutrality

“So what is the FCC doing today? Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the Internet for most of its existence. We’re moving from Title II to Title I. Wonkier it cannot be.” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on repealing net neutrality rules. On December 14th 2017, the Federal Communications Commission […]

The Krono’s Effect: Monopolizing Information

AT&T does not play any games when it comes to sustaining its position as an imperial, monopolistic force. This was painfully apparent after reading Wu’s book, The Master Switch, which situates the history of innovation, industry, and information technologies within the theoretical frameworks of the Krono’s effect. In Greek mythology, Kronos, the second ruler of […]

AT&T and Time Warner: Attack of the Corporate Giants

If you consume your current events and worldly affairs with a hint of humor and sarcasm, than you may have heard of a man named John Oliver. In Sn 4 Ep 24 of his show, Last Week Tonight, which aired on September 24, 2017, he addresses the rise in corporate mergers which makes big business […]