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Free Press is a nonprofit organization that is based in Washington D.C. The purpose of Free Press is essentially working to shift media from the conglomerates such as Time Warner and Universal, and trying to make the media they control and trying to get it back into the hands of independent outlets. In the chapter, the problem of net neutrality was brought up. Net neutrality is indeed a topic that free press is very big on, especially with their “Save The Internet” campaign. Net neutrality is the phenomena of corporations such as Comcast, Cox and Verizon giving some web pages and internet content special treatment as well as blocking some internet content entirely. Free Press is advocating that there should be no restrictions on a consumer’s access to the internet and the content that is able to be viewed by them. Without this neutrality, corporations such as Comcast, Cox, and Verizon could impose a tiered system where websites that use a lot of data such as YouTube and Hulu be subjected to a fee for using them. So my question to the director of Free Press (Josh Silver) is if the goal of Free Press is accomplished, then what happens next? If media is given to independent entities then will the quality decline or increase? I understand that only six conglomerates control everything for the most part, but they are the ones that also have all of the money to have TV networks, newspaper and book publications, as well as radio stations. Would all of these sectors be covered by different independent entities or will there be 7 different entities will all of them entailed? I am all for competition, but all I know for pretty much my whole life is the fact that Time Warner, Universal, Disney, and News Corporation have been running every form of entertainment that I consume on a daily basis. With the influx of independent entities controlling media I honestly do not know how the world would react. But the last thing I’ll say is that it would be exciting to see the big media conglomerates fall.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great questions regarding quality and media ownership! It is unclear from your username who you are. Please tell me either your first or last name so I can award you credit for this assignment. Thanks!

    • October 17, 2011 at 3:35 am

      i’m Ryan Perry!

  2. Kathleen
    October 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Thanks, Ryan!

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