Further Reasons for Misgivings about Fracking


Media outlets cannot be held accountable for every advertiser that buys space from them. For instance, very occasionally, Far-Right groups do advertise on MSNBC (though the ads always do leave me scratching my head over how they could possibly be worth the expense).

But, given how political ideologies, corporate interests, advocacy on socio-economic and environmental issues, and media coverage of all of the rest have, increasingly, become ambiguously differentiated elements of the public discussions, anything that seems to confirm one’s worst assumptions about conflicts of interest or shared self-interest can all too be easily seen as just such a confirmation.

All too often, however, our worst misgivings do turn out to have been very warranted.

In an earlier post, I expressed my misgivings that “fracking” and other “new” methods of energy development touted as providing “energy independence” for America were going to provide immense corporate profits at the expense of…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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