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Response to watoos (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 15, 2018, 09:05 AM

14. money

They were preaching the wrong gospel. Owners do not want consumers thinking about voting to change tax laws and regulations that take away power -- influence and money. High ratings are not the only measure of the value of an asset. Those high ratings may also be a measure of the level of threat.

Owners do not want enlightened consumers. They want quantifiable, compliant, targeted consumers. You can see it in the way a tv series progresses. It may start out creative and innovative, but it will soon become just another cut-and-paste production designed to instill a need in the consumer to do something when the commercial break comes.

Income and growth are only part of the equation; you must protect what you've gained, and that includes the system which permits that income and growth. A threat to that system -- higher taxes for higher income or more regulations, for example -- becomes greater as ratings increase.

If Sean Hannity started talking about the righteousness of a progressive income tax without an arbitrary upper limit and his ratings shot up because of it, I'm pretty certain Murdoch would kick him out the door in a hurry. From the point of view of the boards of directors and background billionaires, it's great to get high ratings so long as you don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs -- them and the system in which they thrive.

There was a political cartoon posted on DU not long ago that depicted the difference between "left" and "right". It had a line of people marching on the right, each carrying a sign saying, "Me!" The line on the left carried signs saying, "We!" That struggle between "me" and "we" goes on at all income levels, both public and private. Sometimes "me" wins a battle, sometimes "we" win.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it."

-- Upton Sinclair

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