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Microsoft Controlling Media

Microsoft has billions of dollars directly and indirectly invested in media corporations. Some of their past and present employees have media connections and power.

How much influence does Microsoft have over the information dispensed by these media outlets? It's disconcerting when any one corporation has so many strong ties with a wide variety of media. What affect it has on [public perception] and society's awareness of issues may never be known. But one has to wonder why a public software company would accumulate so much potential power in media organizations which have little or nothing to do with computers. One possibility is their desire to control digital media formats and therefore profit from licensing and related software. Another possiblity, fostered by their investment in cable companies, is to sell the software for media-related electronics, such as set-top boxes. Whatever the reason the potential influence and power are undeniable.

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