From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Regarding the meeting & discussions for the future of journalism: and the 47pg. FTC document "Reinvention of Journalism". I am shocked that in the United States of America that a government agency or congress would even entertain this discussion with any group(s), especially if those groups adhere to a single idealology. I refer you to the lst Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The proposals in the FTC "Reinvention" document mention "tax" 95x, a "Drudge tax" towards those who present opposing views to the lefts agenda, a journalism divison of AmeriCorps-forcing taxpayers to pay for government training of journalists, a journalist bailout fund, & a 5% tax on consumer electronics, just to name a few. Additionally, FCC's would like to impose a "Fairness Doctrine" upon we the people, all of this directly violates our 1st Amend. constitutional right to freedom of speech, and are glaring attempts to control disemination of information and impose punitive taxes upon all forms of media be it print, internet, television, radio, or media devices such as iPads, phones, nomatter the device or delivery method. I firmly oppose any effort by any government entity to seize control, censor, regulate or tax thus control free speech. Free speech must be defended and unheld at all costs for every citizen, even if one person disagrees with another. This is all on the heals of the governments new $350 billion national broadband plan. We the people must not "bail out" or fund any media organization in any way, shape or form. The government must not establish rules, regulations taxes or any policy, for journalism or any form of media, thus degrading freedom of speech, they must not be involved. Period. We have a free market system and we must uphold and protect free market. Government: i.e. taxpayers must not subsidize journalism in any form by any means period. I oppose any and all effort by congress, FTC or FCC or any form of government, to seize control of any form of media or information devices. It is unconstitutional - period. Sincerely, P. Lloyd, a proud American & taxpayer