One of my favorite writers on the Internet is a guy named Steven Singer. He’s director of the Research and Blogging Committee for the Badass Teachers Association (BATs) and when I want to know about an issue in the education world, I check to see if he’s written anything about it first. He writes about education and civil rights and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Education Week, and on Diane Ravitch’s site.
This week, Steven wrote a great post titled “More Truth in Teacher-Written Education Blogs Than Corporate Media.”
His article hit home with me because his reason for writing about education is the same reason I started writing about politics and education: Corporate media often fails to help us understand the context for current events. It fails to help us understand what’s going on in our lives.
Because corporate media needs to turn a profit and two basic business models have evolved: 1.) propaganda (i.e. Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting, ClearChannel, Breitbart, etc), and 2.) entertainment (i.e. the other major networks, CNN, Gannett, most of cable TV, etc.)
Here’s what these business models look like and why independent writers—or writers who don’t have to make their living in corporate media—are so valuable.