Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Media Deconsolidation (Part 25): The Series So Far

This is just a listing of the installments of my ongoing "Media Deconsolidation Series." I needed to create a single repository of all the essays so I could point back to them in future articles and papers. For those not familiar with it, this series represents an effort to set the record straight regarding the many myths surrounding the media marketplace. These myths are usually propagated by a group of radical anti-media regulatory activists who I call the "media reformistas." Sadly, however, many policymakers, journalists, and members of the public are buying into some of these myths, too.

In particular, I have spent much time here debunking the notion that rampant consolidation is taking place and that media operators are only growing larger and devouring more and more companies. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Over the past several years, traditional media operators and sectors have been coming apart at the seams in the face of unprecedented innovation and competition. The volume of divestiture activity has been quite intense, and most traditional media operators have been getting smaller, not bigger. As a result, America's media marketplace is growing more fragmented and atomistic with each passing day.

Anyway, here's the series so far...


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