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  Commercial vs. Independent Content

Commercial media aim towards economies of scale and scope, with the goal to maximize profits. As advertising money usually is their primary source of revenue their content very often is attuned to meet the needs of advertisers and marketers. Information necessary for a citizen's participation in the public sphere usually only plays a minor role in their programming, as it does not comply with the demands of an economic system whose principal aim is the generation of profit. They also virtually always are structured in accord with and to help reinforce society's defining hierarchical social relationships, and are generally controlled by and controlling of other major social institutions, particularly corporations.

Independent content provider on the other hand mostly act on a non-profit basis and try to avoid dependence on corporate powers and the state. One of their main concerns is the critical observation of public interest issues. The central aim of independent content provider's activities usually is to bring aspects and standpoints neglected by the (commercial) mainstream media to the public and subvert society's defining hierarchical social relationships. Promoting public debate and an active civil society they engage in the organization of alert actions and information campaigns or create subversive art.

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