From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02651

Submission Number:
544505-02651
Commenter:
John Peterson
State:
Iowa
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I oppose any sort of government intervention to "save" the newspaper industry, which has become like the ice-delivery man, shortly after the refrigerator was invented. The American people have spoken and they've chosen the Internet and cable news as better sources of information, saving newspapers would be a waste of time and money, akin to saving Studebaker. This is creative destruction. Innovations (in this case the 24/7 news cycle on cable TV and the Internet) make previously entrenched indistries (in this case the dead-tree media) obsolete. I also oppose any and all taxation of electronics and/or the Internet to pay for newspaper subsides. If newspapers are to survive, they will convince their former consumers to come back and buy their product. We didn't bail out Studebaker, we shouldn't bail out newspapers.