From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Our government is a republic, and one of the guaranteed freedoms by our government is the freedom of speech. For many years a small percentage of our citizens have used this law to further their personal causes whatever that cause was at the time, from opposition to the War of 1812, to opposition to slavery, opposition to the succession of the southern states, opposition to the both world wars, to the Korean War, to the Vietnam War, to the draft, to the Gulf War, to the Klu Klux Klan, anything to help "slant the public views" to whatever side of the story "they" are on, again this is guaranteed under our laws. Now our government wants to have full control of what is on our internet, what is in our newspapers, what is on our radio stations, control of all media, why and how could this possibly be legal? Every administration has had “problems” with opposition that often was voiced in the current media of the day. Every administration should not only expect opposition to their views and policies but also welcome the opposition as that is how their administration was elected and is the biggest part of our “checks and balance” system that is in place for the general public. It is the only way the individual has of bragging or complaining, both are currently legal and should continue to be legal. I use Facebook a lot and really enjoy touching base with many people I haven’t had a chance to visit with in many years. Our current political views may have been similar in high school, by college we were on different paths and now we have extremely varied outlooks on everything from who is in the White House, to who should be elected to the local school board. I would refer to a quote often credited to Voltaire "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." We do not need any government censorship in any form of public media especially the internet, but it again applies to every form of communication available to the “common” citizen. I have been on the internet since before “Gore invented it”, and if one is careful and takes precautions it is a fantastic media to use without fear of repercussions. Common sense should prevail and keep the government out of our personal freedoms of speech!