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When the government is pro-active in taking every possible opportunity
to control the free market, everybody wins, even technical
communicators. For example, it was a great day for technical
communications and the blind when the Federal Act for People with
Disabilities mandated that Braille characters be included on keypads for
24 hour, drive-through bank machines.
Along with lobbying our representatives to implement legislation to
override the free market in radio, we should also start lobbying them to
start a "No user left behind" campaign, to create laws that will force
manufacturers to produce bug free software and useful documentation.
People are too easily brainwashed into buying inferior products, and it
is our job, as the technical communications intelligentsia, see to it
that they are protected.
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om] On Behalf Of Diane Brennan
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 4:18 PM
To: Hemstreet, Deborah; Bonnie Granat; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: marginally on-topic: Question about Fairness doctrine
The only problem with your assumption is that it is a law that is
specifically geared towards media and nothing else. And the thing that
you are fearing, which is that government will dominate the media, can
only happen when you don't allow a diversity of opinions and that's
where we're at now. Many talk radio stations are dominated by one
viewpoint that just happens to align with the people who run the
government and there is no alternate opinion allowed. That's pretty much
what you're talking about in China. In rural areas of America, there are
no radio stations at all that have an alternate viewpoint in the entire
market. What possible motive could there be for saturating a market with
one message and not allowing any other views if it isn't for the goal of
brainwashing whole communities of people? The fact that so many people
don't even think that there's a problem with presenting one viewpoint 24
hours a day on radio stations and no other is a
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