The following 4 men increasingly control media and information in the United States:
Founder and controlling shareholder of Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online marketplace for media products. Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post and an investor in many other media properties such as Business Insider. Amazon Web Services is a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc. and is now the largest provider of public cloud services on the globe. Amazon’s voice-control system Alexa was released in 2014 and has become a source of news and information for many consumers that use her new flash briefings feature.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Oh, yes, of course Google's a monopoly. In fact they're a monopoly in several markets. They're a monopoly in search. They're a monopoly in search advertising.
Co-founders of Google (now Alphabet Inc.). Alphabet’s CEO (Page) and President (Brin) are the two most powerful shareholders of Alphabet Inc. which accounts for the vast majority of online search activity through its Google division. Not to mention Alphabet’s pervasive email service Gmail – together Gmail and Apple email services make up
69% of all email client usage worldwide.
Alphabet has many other subsidiaries, including but certainly not limited to the semi-secret Google X research facility, the cyber security company Chronicle, the ominous artificial intelligence company (DeepMind), and the self-driving tech company Waymo which was recently declared the leader of the self-driving industry – worth $135 billion! On top of these subsidiaries, several acquisitions have also hoisted Alphabet Inc. to anti-trust status. Of the 200+ companies acquired, some of the big ones that boost Alphabet’s control of media include YouTube and Android. YouTube dominates online video with a 73% share and Android is the operating system for 88% of the mobile phones on the planet.
Founder of the de facto social media monopoly Facebook. Zuckerberg owns almost 60% of the voting shares. Facebook has really upped its media related acquisitions game over the last decade. As a result, Zuckerberg also controls the social networking app Instagram, global instant messaging giant WhatsApp, a few aggregators like the social marketing aggregator Threadsby, video advertising platform LiveRail, and the digital publishing iPad book maker Push Pop Press. All in all, Facebook has spent more than $23 billion on acquisitions.
Together These Tech Titans Control…
Most of the online advertising market, the vast majority of online searches, more than half of all American e-commerce, 5 of the 6 biggest social network sites/apps, a majority of e-book sales, and many media properties. Through the control of Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook, these 4 men control companies with 3 of the top 5 largest market caps in America. Moreover, Amazon has just become the second publicly traded company in American history to reach a valuation of $1 trillion – Apple was the first.
These four men have a lot in common, all four:
- Sell their primary products online.
- Live and base their companies on the West Coast of the US, none of them have spent any significant time outside the US West Coast.
- Are young or middle-aged white men.
- Are all politically very liberal; in all likelihood, none have ever voted for a Republican candidate for office.
- Have never served in the military, or held any sort of political office.
- Are not religious in any conventional sense, outside of worshipping money and success.
- Make the list of the world’s top 20 richest
- Control de facto monopoly businesses.
- Have earned the vast majority of their wealth through stock market gains in the companies they founded.
- Have been asked to testify before congress regarding safeguarding consumer data privacy.
- Attended prestigious universities including Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton.
- Are somewhat affected by the performance of the each other companies. Zuckerberg’s personal net worth and Facebook both took a huge hit from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Subsequently, so did Page, Brin, Bezos and several other tech companies.