From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
When I first started reading the FTC report, I thought it was a parody of some sort, especially when I read the alternatives being suggested, all of which offered some federal government intervention to "save" journalism. My question is, why should government be involved in this process at all? When the notion of a free press was conceived using the citizen journalism of Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, it was with the express desire to keep government OUT of the way, not for the government to figure out ways to make one medium viable. Nobody suggested a subsidy for newspapers when radio started; no one wanted to "rescue" radio from TV, and so on. The ONLY Constitutional answer is to let the citizenry decide which media they want to use, and let journalists adjust accordingly. If the government decides to violate this core principle of freedom, the results can only be catastrophic. Gene Retske Professional Journalist