From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02969

Submission Number:
544505-02969
Commenter:
JOHN SPLITEK
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am opposed to any media regulation that The FTC paper includes such as... A "Drudge Tax" on news aggregators like The conservative Drudge Report or its left wing idealogue counterpart A "journalism division" of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay to train up the next generation of journalists! A direct Journalism Bailout fund to "help pay the salary of every journalist" A 5 percent tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion "Citizenship Media Fund" This new FTC document combined with the FCC's moves to impose a "Fairness Doctrine" pose an ominous threat to freedom of speach and freedom of the press!