From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear Sirs, I am writing this letter to show I am against any proposal for the "Drudge Tax", "aid to pay for news reporters", "Fairness Doctorine", or any other proposal that will restrict the Freedom of the Press or Freedom of Speech. Our great country was built on free speech and a free press, which is today collectively called the news media. We have a strong history of political dispute and the news media has historicly bee in the forefront of this history. It has served us well for our 234 year history. These proposals can only lead to a government attempt to control the news media and the flow of information to Americans everywhere. No Administration in our history has ever attempted to control the news media to this extent, dispite it having some policies that some Americans disagreed with. That is true for both major political parties. Our US Constitution and the Bill of Rights are our most important documents and have defined us for centuries. While it is true the internet has expanded access and comments today, it is not the first time in history that technology has done that. The telegraph, printing press, telephone, and wireless telegraph have all done that in the past. Future advances in "inforemation technology" will further enhance the people's right to information and news. Today's internet is far from the last step to improving information sharing, it is only the latest step. I urge all of you in the FCC, the Congress, and the US Supreme Court to reject all of the above proposals and any others like them. Thank you.