Accountable media only takes money and influence from its legitimate end users. This means it takes money from each individual legitimate end user in proportion to a legitimate end user’s numerical share of the its interactive legitimate end user base. This is the equivalent of one-person-one vote. It only takes influence from legitimate end users and this only in relation to the merit of the actual ideas submitted. The charters of such organizations would have them forever seeking to improve and refine this relationship. The best formats for these entities may be DAOs, full end user ownership (like a credit union) or non-profit. The aim is not profit for the owners or higher compensation for executives (which are distractive or a conflict) but unbiased info for the public. Accountable media is by definition ad free, as ads and sponsorship of necessity dis-empower by converting legitimate end users into products creating the most basic and pernicious conflict of interest especially when such media entities are allowed to aggregate.
Insisting on accountable media is how we regain our quality of life and how we get rid of the common enslavement enclosure mentality that sponsored media pushes by design. Sponsorship is the problem, it reduces empowered citizens to enslaved productized consumers. Accountable media is the solution. It’s also the end of useless supply side society and all of the idiotic lies and excuses supply side society uses sponsored media to spew. It can be the end of the huge market for outright lies and misrepresentation. It’s a crucial part of having transparent states that don’t feel compelled and entitled to engage in utilitarian dirty hand politics. Accountable media can be the return of functional journalism and better power sharing arrangements much closer to distributed democratized ideals. Imagine less cynical more engaged electorates.
Steps to Accountable Media:
- Spread ideas and education about accountable media
- Implement the enabling technology designed to displace sponsorship
- Heavy tax penalties for sponsorship, tax credits for accountable media
- Civil penalties for sponsorship- properly defining it as collusion and conspiracy
- Changing of state constitutions and criminal codes to reflect the criminalization of sponsorship with mandatory felony penalties
- Void trade agreements with nations that engage in sponsorship
Money is not speech and corporations are not people, they do not have rights, not even against each other. Attempting to push money as speech and corporate person-hood agendas should lead to imprisonment. Systematic attempts to dis-empower the public have to be recognized as crime and prosecuted.