From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03119

Submission Number:
544505-03119
Commenter:
Richard E Loechl Jr
Organization:
Lincoln College of Technology
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I urge the FTC to greatly limit government involvement in the taxation, funding and regulation of speech content and media. There should be no abridgement of the rights of any citizens or groups of citizens to air their views in the public domain over any available media. The free market (financial and of ideas/philosophies) and accredited schools of journalism - since they are subject to free market selection by consumers - should be the only venues for training of news reporters and journalists, not the federal government which is subject to political biases and may use its power to regulate, restrain and censure the exercise of free speech. The FTC is overreachnig its charter and mission if it ventures - to any extent - into regulating, administering, taxing and spending and supporting the generation of speech content.