Some of the most compelling responses to the news of Rupert Murdoch’s deal to buy the Wall Street Journal and parent company Dow Jones have come from the online videos flooding YouTube and other video sites. Bloggers, documentary makers, activists and concerned citizens are using the emerging online video medium to start a public debate on Murdoch’s takeover in a way that was nearly impossible just a few years ago.
Below are just a few examples:
Video 1: Murdoch doesn’t just play a “billionaire tyrant” on TV – watch this video released by Free Press after news of the Dow Jones takeover broke and find out why this deal is bad for journalism and worse for democracy:
Video 2: The DocFactory reviews Murdoch’s long history in the media business, with a particular emphasis on how Murdoch has maneuvered around key media policies and regulations.
Video 3: In this short video, the folks at Headzup imagine what Murdoch has in store for the Wall Street Journal:
Video 4: Using Myspace and the Wall Street Journal as a hook, Face 2 Face goes out on the street to get average people to talk about Murdoch, media ownership and editorial independence.
If you want to make your voice heard about Murdoch’s takeover of the Wall Street Journal, visit www.freepress.net/murdoch