The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly.
The mainstream media influences all of our lives and yet it is controlled by a relatively few people. Generally, these are either political leaderships pushing particular ideologies or corporate boards driven by economic gain. Motivated by self-interest, they show little concern for the very real information needs of their captive audiences. They often fail to provide a balanced and well researched viewpoint, choosing instead to offer dogma, distraction-based “entertainment” or thinly disguised advertising.
Dissenting voices struggle to be heard because of their limited access to the mainstream media. This situation has started to change with the growth of the Internet. It is now possible for individuals or groups to make their protests heard and to find or build communities of support. As a consequence, there has been a rising call for responsibility in the media, demanding broader ownership, more diligent and balanced reporting and freedom from political and profit-based influences on content.