What Do the Presidential Candidates Think About Music? Ralph Nader


Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader

“With hundreds of radio stations owned by a single company, it comes as no surprise that the programming reflects the economic desires of that company, not the greater interests of its listeners. Instead of challenging programming, we get mind-numbing mock analyses of non-stories crafted solely for entertainment value. Thanks to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, poets and musicians and scientists and free-thinkers around the nation are finding that it is becoming harder and harder to get heard.”

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“Well, if you look at modern merchandising it is extraordinarily sensual – whether it’s junk food, music, entertainment, you name it, addiction… That’s the genius of the modern corporate marketing is that it is enormously sensual in both “good” and “bad” ways. I mean, just look at modern packaging, the stuff inside may be junk but the packaging is beautiful.”

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