From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00601

Submission Number:
544505-00601
Commenter:
Kathryn Kist
Organization:
Olathe Republican Party
State:
Kansas
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear FTC: The changing face of journalism should not be a cause for governmental concern. Just as typewriter manufacturering plummeted with the advent of personal computers, the traditional print media will undergo shrinkage in the Information Age. The market will determine the "reinvention" of the media. If government intervenes, the result will more closely resemble Pravda than the necessary fourth estate that America has lost in recent years. Please stay out of the business of news. It is alarming to even have to state that. When the government is training journalists and paying their salaries, who will have the courage and will to question the government, to bite the hand that feeds them? Let the market work. It is doing a fine job. If the public wants more rightwing coverage than you feel comfortable with, so be it. It is not your place, or the place of the government of any free people, to determine the intellectual content presented to the people. Remember your place. You are servants of the people, not masters or nannies. Let the people decide. Do not use our tax dollars to bolster another failing industry. We will get the news, and journalism will evolve and grow, much better and faster without your help.