From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As you discuss appropriate journalism, please consider the following: 1. Any monies provided as a means of support unavoidably restrict freedoms. He who holds the purse strings, controls the direction of the country. 2. A free press is vital to the availability of truth. 3. Subsidies require loyalties. 4. The best guarantee against abuse of power is a built-in system of checks and balances, as provided in the constitution. 5. No one person or political party should have unreined power, especially in dissemination of information. 6. The best way to govern is to teach true and correct principles and allow people to choose for themselves, understanding the consequences that will follow their choices. A free press provides an opportunity for individuals to search for truth and then be accountable for their own choices. 7. Historically, one of the best methods to control the minds of the governed is through censored and politically directed journalism. 8. No one party should have a monopoly on the direction of the media. Political appointments by those in power have circumvented the safety net of the constitution and place us in a hazardous situation relative to our freedoms. 9. Power corrupts--even those having the best of intentions. Distribution of power provides a safety valve against abuse of power. 10. Education and dissemination of truth is always in the best interests of a civilized society. 11. Denying people a difference of opinion will create a despot. 12. Silencing opposing viewpoints stifles freedom. 13. The same laws that provide freedom also allow evil to exist. However, in a society where individuals are allowed to search for truth, evil will be checked because the unhappiness it brings will be brought to light. 14. We must at all costs allow individuals the right to choose. A free press provides an opportunity for individuals to find truth. 15. Please be impartial in your decisions and consider the price that has been paid for you to be in a position to make choices regarding the freedom of future generations. Thank you for your consideration.