This Revolution is not being Televised

This Revolution is not being Televised

There is a revolution going on and it is not being televised. The Irony of it is that it is about TV, that all important medium that tells you what to think, what to buy, and what to wear. It is also a babysitter and your constant companion on a lonely day or night. The revolution is about the ubiquitous set top box and the massive amount of money that the cable companies make leasing them, and the unnecessary   barriers they have constructed to separate the TV shows on cable from the shows on the internet. The cable companies are not talking about it because they don’t want their subscribers to know that there are new options coming. Radio and print media don’t want to talk about it because they have already been severely damaged by the rise of the internet. Tom Wheeler of the FCC has mandated that by next year the public will be able to buy and own the set top boxes that they now lease from the cable companies. Currently, you can only lease them through the cable companies much like Ma Bell policy that  would not let you own your own phone  back in the day. Cable companies make about 20 Billion dollars a year off of STB leases. You can see why there is an all-out war to make sure this mandate does not happen. An even more important issue is that the proposal mandates that there be an industry standard for all set top boxes (STB’s). This standard will allow boxes to carry content from all providers not just ATT, Comcast, Netflix,...

Teachers Union Blasts DPS Emergency Manager for Payless Payday

July 28 2015 Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) President Steve Conn blasted Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Emergency Manager Darnell Earley for numerous and snowballing school district payroll problems. “Our members are reporting that DPS failed to accurately pay hundreds of teachers today,” said Conn. “Many members received pay that was short hundreds of dollars. Others received nothing at all.” “At this point there is still no word from DPS top officials as to what they plan to do to correct this matter, “ said Conn. “This is at least the second major payroll problem in that many weeks. And on top of those problems, DPS still owes hundreds of teachers numerous special payments for workshops and earned bonuses.” The district already had delayed the current paycheck by a week in order to supposedly realign its payroll calendar with the 365-day year. “But in doing that, they failed to properly notify the teachers, causing many to incur bank problems, including insufficient funds for automatic withdrawals, “said Conn. “The problem is part bureaucratic incompetence and part not caring about the teachers, but the policies of the emergency manager...

Despite assurances from Snyder,Orr, City Council, Duggin and virtually all Detroit corporate media, Belle Isle illegal transfer not working for residents

Mleczko: Red Bull Race on Belle Isle Raises Question About Purpose of State Park Photo by Lorraine Mleczko June 7th, 2015, 8:51 PM 35 The writer, a former Detroit News reporter and former head of the Detroit Newspaper Guild, initially wrote this on Facebook. The Red Bull Global Rallycross race car contest will be on Belle Isle July 25-26. By Lou Mleczko The announcement last week that the state Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) has approved a contract for the Red Bull Global Rallycross on Belle Isle in July raises a basic question: What exactly is the purpose of a state park? We keep being told that Belle Isle is a "public park", but as the tear down of the Grand Prix track continues, the public has virtually no access to the west end of the island where the Scott Fountain, Casino and Sunset Point are located. What other state park in Michigan allows motor sport racing like we're experiencing at Belle Isle? Local broadcast and print media repeatedly boast of the park improvements made by Penske Inc., but what they don't tell their readers and viewers is that these improvements are limited only to the race track area of Belle Isle. The new sewer drains, pavement and fountain repairs have thus far been only to make sure the race track is viable and that the west one-third of the island looks beautiful for the TV cameras Go to the remaining two-thirds of Belle Isle and visitors will still find standing water on roads, virtually no picnic tables outside of a handful of designated shelters, a few park benches...

The media promotes the worst…..

by Arisha, Rashad, Matt, Brandi, Dallas Every night tens of millions of people across the country tune in to the local news to find out what's happening in their communities. But our newly-released report — the ColorOfChange News Accuracy Report Card — shows how local news stations in New York City play a harmful role in shaping the narratives that exacerbate a dangerous and hostile climate for Black communities. Our partners at Media Matters for America monitored hours of footage over a 20 week period from the four largest New York City network outlets and came to a shocking conclusion: every major network affiliate is disproportionately focusing their crime reporting on Black suspects, and inaccurately exaggerating the proportion of Black people involved in crime—on average, by 24 percentage points.1 Our new report is focused on NYC but make no mistake, similar practices are taking place on television screens across the county. Read our report — NOT TO BE TRUSTED: Dangerous Levels of Inaccuracy in TV Crime Reporting in NYC. ReportCard graphic For far too long the police have been given a pass — and even at times praised — for over targeting, harassing and brutalizing Black communities. New York for decades has been ground zero in the movement against police violence and harassment, calling into question the very legitimacy of the NYPD’s arrest rates. Though many of our communities have come to fear law enforcement, media has played a crucial role in perpetuating the harmful narratives that shape the implicit or explicit biases of their audiences. We then see this play out in discriminatory hiring practices, biased treatment in...

Study: Black Consumers Are Wary of News From Mainstream Outlets

A new study done by The Media Insight Project has shed light on the way mainstream media is looked upon by black and Latino consumers – and it doesn’t look good. The mistrust that has been caused by decades of skewed representations has left 75% of African American and 67% of Latino news consumers wary of mainstream outlets. The results are quite concerning as both communities together make up a third of the U.S. population. The U.S. Census Bureau is forecasting that they will overtake the number of non-Hispanic whites by 2043. One person who is not surprised by the results is Tia C. M. Tyree, a Howard University professor and the assistant chair of the department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications at the university, who said, “Many will believe there is embedded racism in many of America’s systems: the media system, the legal system, the educational system. Many will believe that minorities aren’t treated fairly in those systems, and because of that, any products that come out of it will be problematic.” Another problem, she says, is the fact that the number of news presenters from the two demographics is not representative of the actual population. “It matters who the owners are, it matters who the producers are, it matters who the editors are, because that’s often the agenda or the slant of the media and the news coverage,” Tyree added. Although both African Americans and Latinos have a distrust for the media, at least the latter have a wider choice of Spanish-language media on their screens (including those from other countries) while in the case of...

Michigan Democratic Party’s Plantation Politics could cost them US Senate

In this US Senate and Michigan Governor race, Dems can’t win without the Black vote but, do they deserve it? If there was ever a time that the Michigan Democratic Party needed the Black vote, it is this race to Replace Snyder as governor and the election for Levin’s seat in the US Senate. Recent polls showed that in the Governor’s race, Mark Schauer has a slight lead and Terry Land is within striking distance of Gary Peters in the US Senate race. In the past, the Michigan Democratic Party could always count on the usual cast of loyal, undemanding and subservient African American voters. You know, the ministers, the Black masses, labor leaders and political operatives who are happy for a photo op with these office seekers, as if standing next to them conferred some special status for them. As part of the election season ritual, the Democratic candidates have to make their required pilgrimage to the Black churches in Detroit and other urban areas around the state. These appearances are imperative because this is pretty much all they are required to do. They don’t have to make promises to push affirmative action, reduce the life sentences of 12 year old Black boys, help Detroit keep its Water Detroit or throw some crumbs to Black businesses. They are sticking to the script, show up, try to keep up with the rhythm of the choir and smile a lot. This election year seems to be a little different. More flanks of the party are saying that this is not enough. The number of articles questioning why Blacks continue to...