As 2010 is by now two days old and the nation holds its breath as new revelations are made about shady underworld networks as well as ?official? deep state involvement, with the discovery of the so-called ?cosmic rooms? being only one of the topics, I thought it necessary to give column space to some members of Turkey?s younger generation.
It is not the first time, old media conglomerate Dinç Bilgin, ex-rival of Aydın Doğan talks “honestly”. But here you are are, another one he talks about his days as a media conglomerate. (In Turkish though)
The intense days of 2009 ended with a ?grand finale.? Radical changes were announced in Turkey?s powerful media outlet, Doğan, as Hürriyet Editor-in-Chief Ertuğrul Özkök handed in his resignation, and Aydın Doğan, the proprietor of the group of companies active both in and outside the media, announced that he is pulling back into a passive position by resigning as chairman and member of the board of directors.
I am interested in the question of media and social change, especially from the 1950s to the present. Some historical processes and phases of particular interest include:
* decolonisation and launching of multiple nation-state projects across Africa and Asia-Pacific; government-controlled mass media; Suez disaster confirms French and British decline & USA rise to dominance