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Ask a Political Satirist: Is One Giant Media Conglomerate With No Oversight Truly What We Want?

02/18/2014 03:28 pm ET | Updated Apr 20, 2014
  • Julianna Forlano Host "The Julianna Forlano Show" on Progressive Voices Radio and WBAI 99.5 NYC; Creator, "Absurdity Today", Professor of Media Studies

Comcast, the largest cable and Internet provider in the United States, is waiting for government approval to acquire Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable giant, and complete what would be the 10th largest corporate merger in American history. This move comes on the heels of the recent Verizon v. FCC court decision that removed regulatory capacity from the Federal Communications Commission in regards to keeping a free and open Internet.

Many media outlets are focusing on what may happen to a user's service if the Verizon v. FCC ruling is allowed to stand or if Comcast buys Time Warner Cable. What we should be focusing on is what may happen to our rights and our democracy.

Did Verizon v. FCC just end democracy, justice, and cat videos in one swoop? Will Comcast-zilla menace the digital city? Absurdity Today uses its trademark humor to expose the sordid back story behind the fall of net neutrality and the rise of a media behemoth in these funny videos:

Keep Your Government Hands Off My Cat Videos; Absurdity Today Episode 49

Comcast Messes Up: Tell Us How They Really Feel. Absurdity Today Episode 50

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from making any law abridging the freedom of speech or infringing on the freedom of the press. If only our forefathers had included a dictum against business endeavors that have the secondary outcome of infringing on these areas. Letting the market decide is supposed to refer to which businesses thrive or fail, not which constitutional rights we get to keep and which get worn away.

You can sign petitions against the merger and/or in support of Net Neutrality here:
http://www.freepress.net/

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