In the period around world war, II Adolf Hitler controlled the media (History Learning Site). He used media to propagate his propaganda and thus deny the general public access to timely and accurate information. This was the main reason his regime dominated the society. After this period the media was controlled by the state. During this period there was freedom of speech and protection of public interest. In the late 1980’s media was privatized thus encouraging market contestability. There was state deregulation and the media was left for the affluent individuals who expanded their media empires globally by purchasing more media outlets. This is why our media outlets are now in the hands of few individuals.
In modern day world, the media serves as the main source of our information. It is the link between human beings and societies. It is a great place to share your views and get other people’s views and even information. Virtually anything that you need is available can be accessed from the media. As a human, the right to speech and information can never be overemphasized. The average American does not expect the media to leave out any form of information and more so the internet. The major media monopolies seek to exploit this ignorance by trying to control most of the media outlets thus giving them the power to censor content from these media outlets. This will be a drawback to our democracy. Therefore any attempt to censor the content of the media by the cartels is opposed because media affects both general life and political decisions hence they should enable and protect free speech (free press, 2012).
The media primary responsibility is to inform the public so as to enable them to make informed decisions (Bruck, 2014). The new media monopoly policies is a threat to this as it involves censoring the content displayed to the public.