Free Press is a non-profit organization that is devoted to reforming the media into a system that benefits and informs the public, first and foremost. They believe that corporations have gotten a stranglehold on media and corrupted its use into political tools as well as screening it for what we “want” to hear rather than “need” to hear. According to the Media and Society book, the root of the debate that Free Press participates in stems from the first amendment and the way the government has interpreted and made laws regarding it. After quoting section 8 of article I in the constitution, it goes on to say, “Here the Constitution explicitly gives Congress the right to intervene in the communications marketplace to protect the interests of authors and inventors with copyrights”(pg 77). The question is, to what extent? Free Press argues that it has leaned too much in the favor of corporate interests and screens the media too much, violating the true capability of our first amendment rights. This is what Free Press fights for, which is to place the control of media back into the hands of the public, giving people access to not just what they want and like to know, but also towards what they need to know. Though I am curious to know what the ideal balance would be regarding copyright with the system that Free Press wishes to strive for. I’m hoping that will be answered at Tuesdays presentation.