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Blog #3-Free Press

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Media is important in our daily life. It influences our understanding of the world by collecting and disseminating the information through the internet, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies and books. In order to have good understanding of the world, people need a high quality media. However, it is not easy to achieve. The potential agency of the media is dominated by the constraint of the state (71; ch. 3). The formal government regulation and informal government put the pressure on the media (108; ch. 3). The political influence operates in the media. There are not certain rules in the media (110; ch. 3). With these factors affecting the media, we cannot get a high quality media, while we are thinking about the important role of media in the society. In order for the high quality media, some media advocacy organizations occur, for example, Free Press.

The Free Press “promotes media reform, independent media ownership, and universal access to communication” (109; ch. 3). It established in 2002 by media scholar Robert W. MacChesney and Josh Silver. It is “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization”, and works on reforming the media (freepress.net). It focuses on the issues related to the media. The Free Press welcomes people to join them to participate in the activities about media issues. It gets people involved in communicating and sharing the information about the media in oder for the development of the media (111; ch. 3).

One addressed issue by Free Press is the Internet Freedom. It states that the phone and cable companies want to dominate the access to the Internet in the United States. They want to keep away from Net Neutrality in order to decide the speed of the Internet by the payment. This activity is supported by many other organizations and people. However, I still wonder how to save the Internet. The Internet is controlled by several companies and people cannot live without the internet. It is not like other issues that people can quit and then wait for someone or some organizations to solve. For this issue, people cannot do that since we cannot stop using the Internet. That’s why it is not easy to save the Internet although there are many people joining the activity. I want to know how this saving activity can be possible.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Di, good post summarizing the work of Free Press and relating it to important information in the chapter. Your question about how people can get involved in saving net neutrality is very relevant and hopefully Tuesday’s talk provided some new ideas on how to do this.

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