Media play a huge role in our lives. TV, radio, the Internet, movies, books and newspapers inform and influence our ideas, opinions, values and beliefs. They shape our understanding of the world and should give us the information we need to hold our representative leaders accountable.

But our media system is failing. The monolithic, ruthlessly objective, single-voiced editorial style that media have grown so accustomed to doesn’t work in a world where anyone and everyone can be a publisher, a reporter, a columnist or an editorial writer. So old-skool media is bad for society, since it deprives people of the information they need to make important judgments about issues that affect their lives.

If we want better media, we need better media policies. If we want better policies, we must engage more people in policy debates and demand better media to make sure the media serve the public interest. A vibrant, diverse and independent media is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Consumer advocates, media reformers and the civil rights community (like FSF) should work together.

But there is a fundamental problem:
The leading principles of consumer law could be summarised in two concepts: transparency and the fair division of responsibilities. Transparency helps consumers make informed choices, while the fair division of responsibilities guarantees that the operating practices and standard terms of businesses are governed by a set of minimum requirements.

The central principles of consumer law can also be seen at a general level in the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection, last expanded in 1999. The UN guidelines are strongly influenced by the requirement for effective competition. The UN lists the following consumer rights: consumers’ physical health and safety, safeguarding of consumers’ economic interests, the right to information and consumer education, sustainable development, the availability of effective consumer redress, and ensuring the freedom to form consumer organisations and giving such organisations the opportunity to present their views where necessary.


3 thoughts on “Free Consumer Electronics

  1. I don’t agree with the idea transmitted with the first paragraph, except where media plays a “huge” relatively speaking part in our lives.

    The not agree part is basically having a better understanding that realistically nothing that does influence us on our leaders accountability is true.

    What is on TV, News etc is all but propaganda and disinformation. In order to be objective one cannot afford his/her mind to be polluted by garbage.

    That said information is power and we mere mortals have very little to none.

    What we need is freedom, these freedoms are vastly being jeopardized by terrorism propaganda and RIAA’s agendas.

    We are moving towards a new world order of communism/capitalistic governments and fascist/capitalist governments all of course with the “geppetos” proverbial strings.

    On another note Ill leave this ramble with a quote

    “”The idea that laws decide what is right or wrong is mistaken in general. Laws are, at their best, an attempt to achieve justice; to say that laws define justice or ethical conduct is turning things upside down.””

  2. Freedom of Expression and the Free Flow of Information

    Our Principles
    Free to everyone
    Open standards

    We hold these principles because we believe they form the best possible foundation in providing a valuable and trustworthy public resource — more than just ideals, they are formally incorporated into our organizational structure.

    We sought to
    (1) lower prices,
    (2) make purchase and viewing easy,
    (3) eliminate restrictions on viewing,
    (4) not use purchasers’ personal information as an asset,
    (5) promote collective ownership of the product,
    (6) eliminate contacts and marketing from the producer.

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