The task of daily media monitoring for Hong Kong’s English news publications every morning has been an unexpected blessing for me as I find myself more informed on world issues that make up for the lack of news reading for the past few years. As ignorant as it is to admit, who knew articles on oil companies or venture capitals could be interesting?
One of the surprises I have had formatting media coverage for clients in these past weeks is connecting dots and figuring out how conglomerates have influence on every continent. How they monitor every movement of their competitors on a daily basis. And how some are able to tightly control the media.
Through reading about corporate giants buying out or partnering with small companies around the world makes me realize how small the world is. What it means for a company to hold a monopoly over an entire industry and the power they wield as a result of it.
I have thought of the world as a vast land but could not fathom the whole place being run by a few wealthy people at the top. Reading daily about mergers, buying, selling, and billions and billions of dollars in transactions has made me more aware of the influence people at the top of corporations or governments have.
Scary to think about.