Watch the Best Documentaries about Big Media, Media Consolidation, and the Corporate Influence on News
Big Media is a nickname for all of the major mainstream media conglomerates, which collectively own 90% of all the media we read, see and hear in the United States, owning multiple stakes in print, TV, radio, internet and entertainment properties. The biggest six include General Electric, Disney, News Corporation, Time Warner, Viacom, and CBS. They are driven primarily by the profit incentive, rather than to inform or challenge power, and fall victim to the major editorial filters outlined in Noam Chomsky's The Propaganda Model of News. While this list focuses mainly on the U.S., the growing trend of media concentration and lack of independent voices who have the financial freedom to speak truth to power is a problem the world over.
If you're wondering where to start, try sorting the videos by Most Viewed or Highest Rated. Our top picks include Rich Media, Poor Democracy (2003), The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News (1997), Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005), and Orwell Rolls In His Grave (2003).
Here at Films For Action, we believe the problems of the media represent the number 1 bottleneck impeding the progress of every other important issue listed on the left. By creating our own independent media networks, we'll be able to break big media's near monopoly on the flow of information and challenge the dominant storytellers and producers of meaning in our culture. We'll create a democratic media that tells our stories and represents the full diversity of society, not just the interests of shareholders and advertisers.