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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Survival of journalism is not threatened by the internet age. I am strongly opposed to the tenor and general content of the FTC bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism”. Specifically, the following proposals will have the effect of reducing discourse from multiple points of view. Free debate of issues is essential for maintaining a free country, as is freedom of expression of opinions and information in all news media. I am specifically opposed to: - A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators such as The Drudge Report - A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps, forcing taxpayers to pay a political administration to train journalists; universities and the media themselves are doing fine as it is - Any kind of fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” - A 5% tax, or any special tax, on consumer electronics (like the iPad) - Special taxes on cell phones, television and radio related to any kind of “Citizenship Media Fund” I remind you that the FTC is a branch of the federal government, and imposing taxes and regulations are de facto laws, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law infringing on the freedom of speech, and infringing on the freedom of the press.