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  Commercial vs. Independent Content: Human and Financial Resources

- Concerning their human and financial resources commercial media and independent content provider are an extremely unequal pair. While the 1998 revenues of the world's leading media conglomerates (AOL Time Warner, Disney, Bertelsmann, Viacom and the News Corporation) amounted to US$ 91,144,000,000 provider of independent content usually act on a non-profit basis and to a considerable extent depend on donations and contributions.

Also the human resources they have at their disposal quite differ. Viacom for example employs 112,000 people. Alternative media conversely are mostly run by a small group of activists, most of them volunteers. Moreover the majority of the commercial media giants has a multitude of subsidiaries (Bertelsmann for instance has operations in 53 countries), while independent content provider in some cases do not even have proper office spaces. Asked about their offices number of square meters Frank Guerrero from RTMark comments "We have no square meters at all, because we are only on the web. I guess if you add up all of our servers and computers we would take up about one or two square meters."

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The content industry
    The Concept of the Public Sphere
-3   The Cassini Case
-2   "Project Censored"
-1   Commercial vs. Independent Content
0   Commercial vs. Independent Content: Human and Financial Resources
+1   Commercial vs. Independent Content: Power and Scope
+2   Commercial Media and the Economic System
+3   Globalization of Media Power
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