Think you know how big companies are? This list of who owns what will surprise you. Okay, so you...

posted 30 November 2001
Think you know how big companies are? This list of who owns what will surprise you. Okay, so you knew AOL Time Warner was big -- but that big? And can you name the company that owns more than 600 radio stations across the US?
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Perspective please, people. Okay, so one of the less-popular members of a pop group that split up...

posted 30 November 2001
Perspective please, people. Okay, so one of the less-popular members of a pop group that split up more than more than 20 years ago has died. But George Harrison's death should not be front page news! Not when there's a war going on, not when there's still an epidemic. This is what happens when news outlets begin to think the most important thing is their ratings, not telling the news. Not all news has to be of war and famine, but surely his death affects fewer people than most recent events? You could argue that people are interested, and that's what defines news, but the fact is that if news outlets didn't report it, most people wouldn't have cared. News outlets now create the news, and define what's important, because people can't be bothered to find the other sources or look for themselves. Which gives them the responsibility of maintaining a sense of perspective.
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