Ben Bagdikian has died.

Ben Bagdikian has died.

That name may not mean much to you, but it does to me. And I think his legacy will mean more and more as time goes by.

He was a journalist who wrote the book The Media Monopoly in 1983. That book, even in the 80’s talked about a fast shrinking landscape of who owned the media and the dangers of so few owning so much.

Since then, his concern for an ever shrinking number of major independent news outlets, has gotten worse not better – much much worse.

I add that the arts, music, publishing, film, TV, are a part of this too. Most all are owned by fewer and fewer of these same media conglomerates. (See my blog post on the 3 guys who run all music).

His book, more than any single source, prompted me to start Musea in the early 1990’s and advocate for an art and media revolution. I knew something was wrong with the arts and media. He had known what it was and had written about it years before.

For a fine piece remembering his life see FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

for more info please see his wiki entry

He has passed, but his message has only grown stronger.
I salute his life and his legacy.

Musea editor – Tom Hendricks.


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