From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
TO Whom it concerns at the FTC; I am responding in regards to your 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism" based on your workshops for the future of journalism. I strongly oppose any efforts to censor, regulate, tax and control our free speech in any form. The very nauture of these acts is nothing more than GOVERNMENT control of free speech. I work in the newspaper industry and we do not have an inherent right to exist. If the product that we create for the public is not a good product then we deserve to be out of business. If radio, television, internet etc produces a better product that people want to buy or listen to then that is every citizens right. The government has NO business whatsoever of imposing it's will on the journalism field. Whatever medium succeeds so be it. Journalism is nothing more than a product offered to the public and if the public desires one form or view over another, then freedom of speech and choice have been fully achieved. Products that are desired in the marketplace will survive and grow and those products that are not desired will fail. Journalism does not have any right to survive in any one form. If the people do not want the newspapers or television or whatever medium, then so be it. We DO NOT need more government intervention in our lives, we need LESS. Sincerely, Neal Weber