I admit that this isn’t very L.A. specific, but it does tie into a couple of things that have been discussed around here lately (the Howard Stern brouhaha and Clear Channel/Indie 103.1). This morning on Howard Stern’s show there was a caller who phoned to say that he worked for a Clear Channel house (i.e., a CC-controlled concert venue) and that they had recently configured their firewall to block access to Stern’s website. The firewall reportedly delivers users a warning that the site has been blocked due to adult content, but in reality the majority of Stern’s site is concerned with his ongoing battle with the FCC and Clear Channel. The remainder is scheduling and contest information; certainly nothing that could properly be deemed adult contet. If that’s not enough, they’ve also blocked access to some related sites (such as Mark’s Friggin Protest Page).
I just feel the need to bring this up because I’ve dealt with a lot of people over the course of the last several weeks who express concern with what the FCC is doing to free speech rights, but say that they’re “too lazy” or “too busy” to do anything about it. Likewise, it’s a surprisingly similar group of people that keep asking me if I’m listening to Indie 103.1 and telling me that Clear Channel’s “not that bad.” Well, sorry, but the idea of a giant, corporate media-behemoth with close ties to the Bush administration flexing it’s muscle in order to block people’s access to information that might not be flattering to them doesn’t sound like butterflies and ponies to me.
The point is, it’s easy to sit on your ass, surf on Friendster and bitch about things, but remember this: once ClearDisneySoftDonald’s gets control, they probably won’t let you have internet access in the camps.
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Or, for some more great stuff go to KROQ’s site, click on “Kevin and Bean” in the left column, then click “Let your voice be heard. Stop the FCC now! Click Here” in the box at the bottom.