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Hypothetical: Media Monopoly

Discussion in 'Christian Apologetics' started by Ironhold, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Ironhold

    Ironhold Member

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    Hypothetical scenario.

    You receive a very lucrative job offer that will take you to a part of Nevada that's experiencing a massive boom.

    Upon doing some research into the area, you discover that one man pretty well has a monopoly on the local media.

    He owns the local daily newspaper.

    He owns the only over-the-air 24 hour radio stations - an AM station that carries Deutsche Welle's English-language feed, an FM station that plays rock music, and an FM station that plays "adult contemporary" music - that can be easily picked up given terrain interference and atmospheric conditions.

    Most importantly, he also owns the only over-the-air 24-hour TV stations that can be easily picked up as well.

    The main station he owns is an affiliate of an up-and-coming network you don't have in your area, but it's best described as an "all things to everyone" network like Fox was in the early 1990s that has a mix of kids' entertainment, adult-targeted animated shows, and variety shows in addition to sitcoms and dramas.

    The digital side-band stations off of this TV station are a 24-hour weather radar station, a 24-hour news station, a 24-hour music video (et al) station operated by the network, a station whose focus is on "macho" content (also operated by the network), a station that broadcasts Spanish-language content, a station that broadcasts a mix of content from across Asia, BYU-TV (re: religion, sports, educational, and entertainment content from Brigham Young University, meaning it has a Mormon focus), and 3 Angels Broadcasting (re: Seventh-Day Adventist religious and family content).

    The main TV station has three hours on Sunday mornings set aside specifically for the local churches to provide live feeds or fresh recordings of their sermons; he also has four hours on Sunday afternoon and one hour late Thursday nights for "public access" programming on a first-come, first-served basis, and has a large swath of designated "paid programming" time from there that people can purchase. The music video station has three one-hour blocks for religious music. The "adult contemporary" radio station has a syndicated two-hour religious music show on Sunday mornings.

    To the guy who owns it all, this is him trying to provide a cross-section of religious content within what means he has. Current technology only allows him to have so many digital side-band TV stations, so he'd have to set up a new TV station to have any more religious stations going. He's in talks to try and bring a Catholic radio station to town, but because he broadcasts BYU-TV and 3ABN on TV he claims that no Protestant-themed radio network will work with him (or, at least, that's what the people he's made contact with have allegedly told him).

    There *is* a rival religious TV station and a rival religious radio station, both of which are independently-owned religious run by a regional mega-church, but they both only broadcast for 12 hours a day (basically, local daylight hours averaged out).

    The job opportunity you have is once-in-a-lifetime, but odds of interacting with any religious-themed media in your preferred faith tradition are slim at best. Do you take the job, and if so how do you react to this media environment?
     
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  2. Tinker Grey

    Tinker Grey Wanderer Supporter

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    I'd suppose that I still have internet. As such, I don't care about TV or radio.
     
  3. Halbhh

    Halbhh Everything You say is Life to me Supporter

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    For the very small thing first: if you can't get the major networks over the air, then you can just stream them. Any of them usually. For example the PBS Newshour is for instance at: PBS NewsHour
    But for the vastly more important thing of finding a good church, that's something to investigate and find out how far you'd have to drive. One way would be to go there and attend once and find out what it is like, but you might be able to stream the service and watch an entire service or 2.
     
  4. com7fy8

    com7fy8 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    me? If he leaves out what I value for God's spiritual message, I don't think I would want to devote myself to producing those things. That would take a lot of my time and energy, plus all that could be going on in my mind while I was not at work!!
     
  5. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Seems an awfully specific hypothetical scenario.

    Since I don't have a faith, and don't consume any religious programming, (and the internet can bring me anything, anyway) the media situation is not even a consideration. I'd be more interested in the people of the town. Are they as monolithic as the media?
     
  6. Ironhold

    Ironhold Member

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    It's a town that has fallen greatly from its glory days due to a number of economic factors, and is only just now getting back where it should be.

    It was 70,000 people, went down to 30,000 people, and is back to 40,000.
     
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