Over the last several years, the media landscape has changed dramatically. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin pushed through a radical new change in the rules: For the first time in 32 years, television broadcasters in the top 20 markets can also own a newspaper and a radio station in the same area. Michael Copps, one of two FCC Commissioners to vote against the rule, called it “a decision that would make Orwell proud." It allows even greater media consolidation, and makes independent media even rarer.
Can a media system controlled by just a few corporations really deliver on the promise of the First Amendment? Or is this just the beginning of an Orwellian nightmare where lies can become truth?
In this Link TV special presentation of Orwell Rolls in His Grave take a look at the consequences of unchecked media consolidation. Director Robert Kane Pappas’ Orwell Rolls in His Grave is the consummate critical examination of the Fourth Estate, once the bastion of American democracy. Asking whether America has entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for the truth, Pappas explores what the media doesn’t like to talk about: itself. Meticulously tracing the process by which media has distorted and often dismissed actual news events, Pappas presents a riveting and eloquent mix of media professionals and leading intellectual voices on the media.
From the very size of the media monopolies and how they got that way to who decides what gets on the air and what doesn’t, Orwell Rolls in His Grave moves through a troubling list of questions and news stories that go unanswered and unreported in the mainstream media. Are Americans being given the information a democracy needs to survive or have they been electronically lobotomized? Has the frenzy for media consolidation led to a dangerous irony where in an era of more news sources the majority of the population has actually become less informed? Orwell Rolls in His Grave reminds us that 1984 is no longer a date in the future.
To Age or Not to Age - Film from Director Robert Kane Pappas
The Center for Investigative Reporting - Journalism dedicated to revealing injustice
FAIR - Fairness and accuracy in reporting