Here are ten things that Big Media corporations can do to prevent future acts of class warfare on their campuses:
- Refrain from exploiting fellow human beings simply because they can, because they have virtual (pun intended) monopolies on distribution, i.e. Don’t be evil.
- Pay content providers livable wages. The landlords and mortgage holders of content providers do not accept “exposure” as legal tender, thus corporations should stop claiming that they “pay” content providers in a currency that is unusable.
- Avoid sending categorical and incomprehensible “Revised Agreements” via email to content providers that contain buried small print clauses diminishing the .0000001 cents they receive per minute viewed to .00000001 cents per minute viewed.
- Do not dangle rubber carrots that fool young people into believing that more than 1% of all writers, athletes, artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers and other content providers are able to earn viable incomes solely from their creative talents. The wheat does not rise from the chaff on social media; our best and brightest voices are often drowned out by the loudest and most vulgar.
- Accept that it is scientifically proven that giving away wealth makes people happier than hoarding it. Nobody with a billion dollars will be any happier if he or she earns any more money. However, helping other people lead better lives does make everyone happier.
- Read Karl Marx and Thomas Piketty and understand the inherent conflicts of capitalism and why a violent class war is brewing unless corporations wake up to the exploitation inherent in the system and try to correct it (e.g. profit sharing, transparency, progressive taxes, regulations, etc.)
- Abstain from being cheap. Have dedicated content provider telephone (not email) support lines to answer any and all questions from content providers.
- Curtail nepotism and white privilege.
- Make a concerted effort to reduce the disparity between media moguls who happened to be in the right place at the right time and the providers who fill these lucky gene pool winners’ websites with content. As I write in my new book, all zip codes are not created equal.
- Lastly, Big Media corporations can choose to view Nasim Aghdam as mentally unwell or mentally unstable and they would not be wrong. However, what if future historians look back on her as the shot fired across the bow of America’s looming class war?
This post was originally published on the author’s Medium blog and is republished here with his permission.
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