What’s New June 2001

This page lists recent changes made to this site such as new pages, or updates to existing sections. The "Find Out More" links will take you to the changes. If this jumps to the middle of a page, you can easily scroll up to understand the context of the new information a bit further.

Date of Update


June 11, 2001

  1. What is the impact of corporate influence in the media? Mergers and concentration of ownership reduces diversity of media content for people. Meanwhile, vertical integration, cross-selling, cross-marketing and sophisticated advertising allows more sales to be made, with the mainstream media being the major avenue by which companies can advertise and sell their products. Some major multinationals, as a result, own media companies and outlets. As a result, news content to choices of programming are affected by market pressures. The media corporations section of this web site has been restructured and split into numerous pages as it has grown with many recent updates. Included also, is a new section on the media and advertising. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Mainstream Media /

  2. Media power is political power. Politicians are often hesitant for being too vocal on some issues, or in criticizing the media, because the media have the ability to shape and influence perceptions. In the United States, as with other countries, various political and economic factors come into play when portraying events around the world. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Mainstream Media /

  3. How does consumption of resources differ around the world? According to the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report in 1998, 20 percent of the world's people in the highest-income countries account for 86 percent of total consumption expenditures, while the poorest 20% account for just 1.3%. This suggests that current global economic models for development are perhaps not equitable. It also adds some additional perspectives against a common trend to blame the poor and highly populated countries for most of the environmental damage and degradation around the world. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Human Population / Trade and Poverty Issues / Environmental Issues