Young people will have their own ideas about how to achieve a breakthrough and all media campaigners have a responsibility to contribute. Here are some suggestions:
First, media reform should not be destructive and without constructive proposals. It is necessary to oppose monopoly and to get more people to understand the negative influences that capitalism has over the media and democracy.
However, it is also important to ask where the nation’s media should go from here. What do anti-monopoly campaigners propose in this regard? This question must thought about, otherwise it would be easy to get stuck in the current simplistic confrontational framework. Those with vested interests in the media would be happy to see this happen.
The second point is that the current campaign against media monopoly has finally started talking about the “China factor.” China’s rise and its impact on Taiwan is an issue that called for attention long ago. These issues should be discussed out in the open. Nevertheless, when facing the China factor in the media field, it is not enough to just oppose it. Such a simplistic approach would only make it harder to resist.
A few days ago the British newspaper the Guardian reported that China is planning to invest heavily in overseas expansion of its state-run media. The report says that China Central Television expects to increase its overseas staff to 500, with an initial budget of US$6.6 billion. Clearly, it is an important time to think about media policies in Taiwan rather than opposing China at every turn.
Wei Ti is an associate professor of mass communications at National Chiao Tung University and a member of the Campaign for Media Reform.
Translated by Julian Clegg