The First Freedom, by Morris L. Ernst
With the help of four able research assistants, Mr. Ernst has given us in this book an admirably compact and illuminating factual survey of our three major communications industries: the press, the radio, and the movies. Each presents the danger inherent in increasing concentrations of quasi-monopolistic power along the strategic ideological and political life-lines of democracy. The solution, in each case, according to Mr. Ernst, is to break em up. To that end he would require some new legislation, but for the most part would merely utilize existing laws and regulatory agencies. He thinks that if we have sufficient diversity and competition within and between the three communications industries, our congested “market place of the mind” will again function and the first freedom will flourish as a kind of inevitable by-product of an uninhibited traffic in facts, opinions, entertainment, and art.
About the Author