From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Your proposals seem to be aimed at propping up a changing and dying industry – traditional print journalism. The journalists you are trying to save are the buggy whip manufacturers of our generation. It is sad that industries are born, grow, mature, age and eventually die. But the reality is … they do. Your traditional print journalism industry is approaching its death bed. You may delay the death but it will die regardless of your efforts. Your need to stop your desperate pointless fight and accept the inevitable – journalism is being driven by the internet. The messages you have controlled for hundreds of years are no longer under your control – the internet’s creators took control from you few and gave it to many. Limiting free speech now is too obvious and more importantly too late. The best use of your effort is developing a reeducation program for existing journalists and converting schools of journalism to schools of math and science.