The early days of radio and television promised to bring enlightenment to the world. The public air waves, we were told, would be used for the public good; as a tool for education and for the spread of democracy. That has simply not been the case. The public airwaves, like all things public, were usurped by profit seeking capitalists to promote commercialism, propaganda, and the privatization of profits. It was another example of socialized cost and privatized profits that are a characteristic of capitalism. Not only were the public airwaves used as an instrument to exploit and to control the masses, they were used to dumb down America. Entertainment and consumerism quickly supplanted education and every other form of social uplift that should have permeated the air waves.
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