Paper instructions:
The question is, in the age of digital cable television and the internet, is our media system free and fair? Are there now enough alternative media outlets on cable and online to combat the effects of concentrated, conglomerated mainstream television? Or are some messages and viewpoints still stifled by the free market approach that dominates US media?

In an essay of approximately three pages, make an argument for or against the need for public sphere — non-profit, government-subsidized — media today. Use a few examples from contemporary media to show why concerns about free market media still apply today, or why these concerns are now outdated and obsolete. Cite the articles and textbook where appropriate, and use effective essay writing skills to support or refute the need for public sphere media today.