Conformity, Censorship, and Media Corporatization; Larry Namer and the Story of E!

KOP discusses Conformity and Censorship at the Cost of Media Corporatization.  The Vox Media Union walkout combined with a YouTube censorship cry from one of Vox’s YouTube hosts show the latest case of the above.

media conformity

While the mainstream media subliminally supports conformity and censorship, Publish Protocol recent published a whitepaper on the subject that stated, ”

The purpose of journalism is to provide the public with the information that is essential for them to make the best possible decisions about their livelihood, societies and governments. While every medium offers a particular voice and perspective, corporate media and consolidation enforce conformity and suppress views that fall short of a specified range of interest. The oligopolistic dominance enforces ideological conformity and distortion, and the great danger is in that it occurs so discreetly that the formation of critical thought is suppressed without anyone noticing. The sheer number of uniquely-branded publishers, broadcast stations and music labels suggests a deceptive impression that there is great diversity. In reality, however, there are only as many messages as the number of media conglomerates in the market, and alternative viewpoints are nearly non-existent. Choice then becomes an illusion, feigned diversity, and yet another form of censorship.

Good journalism also presents a voice for the marginalized and exposes injustice, thereby working to hold those in power accountable. When the media is run by business leaders in place of journalists, however, the pursuit of objectivity and truth is generally not a priority. The longtime mainstays of high-quality journalism, such as investigative journalism that has played a crucial role in driving major social changes, are shunned as they are seen cost-ineffective. Clientelist relations dictate what is published, turning the media into a convenient instrument for particularized interest. Publishers have effectively become mouthpieces for their respective owners and are failing to serve and empower the public as the fourth estate as socially bestowed. Deregulation has played a part in spearheading commercial exploitation within the media industry, which in turn has subverted the democratic role and value of journalism altogether. Journalistic integrity is no longer a virtue in the industry, and journalists are forced to give up their conviction in playing the critical role of “agitators” against injustice.

Larry Namer

Plus, KOP talks about the incredible story of E! Entertainment Television and the network’s rise to prominence with Larry Namer, Co-Founder of E! Entertainment Television. Larry Namer is an entertainment industry veteran with over 45 years of professional experience in cable television, live events, and new media. Larry is one of the co-founders of E! Entertainment Television, a company now valued at over $3.5 billion USD, seen worldwide by hundreds of millions of cable subscribers.

After creating several other successful companies in the United States he took his focus overseas where he is now a founding partner of Metan Global Entertainment Group (MGEG), a venture created to develop and distribute entertainment content and media specifically for Chinese speaking audiences in China and abroad.

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One thought on “Conformity, Censorship, and Media Corporatization; Larry Namer and the Story of E!

  1. Here, here Larry!, Well said. I spent the first half of my career in radio, nearly 30 years and that is what happened…localization ceased, and it all became corporate….group management, programming, etc. one sales department handles 6 or 7 stations in a market. One program director oversees stations in multiple markets doing the same format…and they all sound the same. That creativity that was so relevant in the business has disappeared .

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