Thursday, September 16, 2004

Fighting for broadcast freedoms

I haven't had much patience for the self-righteous rhetoric that Adbusters has pushed in the past so-many years, but I can say that I completely support their right to air their advocacy messages on television.

On September 15, Adbusters launched legal action against four of Canada's biggest television broadcasters CTV, CanWest Global, CBC and CHUM.

If you walked into your local television station today and tried to buy 30-seconds of airtime, you would likely get the same response we continually get. Boiled down, the refrain goes something like this: We will not accept your money. We will not accept your messages. We're in the business to sell ads, not spread your ideas.

Meanwhile, corporations have virtually unlimited access to the media to push their products and agendas...

Indeed. I find it absurd that standard adverts aren't considered advocacy - after all, they advocate consumerism. It only seems fair and democratic that people should be able to advocate anti-consumerism and any other ideological position that is not in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And don't even get me started on media monopolies.

I hope Adbusters kicks some ass in the name of broadcasting freedom! (via)

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