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America's diversified communications industry is moving back to greater concentration of power over both content and the means of delivery. The latest mega-merger, announced over the weekend, is between AT&T and Time Warner. Randall Stevenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, told reporters, "We're in an environment where our customers want more video, want more entertainment content, not only on the TV, but also on our mobile device." Alina Selyukh, a reporter for NPR and host of its All Tech Considered blog, says the presidential campaigns have already weighed in on the merger.
High-profile cases of questionable killings and other alleged misbehavior have police departments mounting cameras on patrol cars and on cops themselves. The idea is public "transparency." But Seattle had 300,000 hours of dash-cam footage — enough to keep 170 people busy for a year in response to a court order. Body cams don't provide surveillance of the police -- it's the mostly innocent people they talk to. Should those interviews become public? Who should make the rules and implement the decisions day-to-day?
McKenzie Funk, journalist and author (@McKenzieFunk)
Chad Marlow, ACLU (@chadaaronmarlow)
Malkia Cyril, Center for Media Justice / Black Lives Matter (@culturejedi)
Jim Bueermann, Police Foundation (@PoliceFound)
Harlan Yu, Upturn (@harlanyu)
Tom Hayden wrote the Port Huron Statement, which became a blueprint for civil rights and anti-war protest in the 1960s. He married Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, and together they outraged anti-Communists by visiting Hanoi and bringing back American POWs. He founded Students for a Democratic Society, and helped create the anti-establishment wing of the Democratic Party — starting with disruptions at the Party’s Chicago convention in 1968. Hayden died yesterday at the age of 76.
We look at the life and times of the writer, anti-war activist and politician with professor Todd Gitlin of Columbia University, himself a leader of the SDS, and from Michael Cohen, author of American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division.
Michael A. Cohen
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