From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am at a loss to perceive why the FTC whose principal mission is the promotion of "consumer protection" and the elimination and prevention of "anti-competitive" business practices is spending taxpayer dollars looking for ways to aid the aging and probably terminal print media. I rarely read printed BOOKS anymore - let alone newspapers and magazines - imbibing most books via audio download. To my mind the access I am gaining to information via the Internet and other electronic sources is one of the most positive developments of my lifetime, and yet I now learn - via the Internet - that the FTC is trying to find ways to tax my consumption of electronically delivered information to help out the buggy whip manufacturers! I view this entire initiative as just a pathetic attempt to bail out journalists and an impediment to progress. No doubt if it were 1903 again but with the current FTC in place, this FTC would be seeking to "Reinvent the Atlantic Passenger-Ship Business" in light of the implications for international travel of the Wright Brothers experiments at Kitty Hawk. I thought the Obama Administration prided itself on being "progressive" not regressive.