From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03934

Submission Number:
544505-03934
Commenter:
Paul Ground
Organization:
none
State:
Missouri
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I oppose any and all attempts by the government to regulate speech or communication on the internet, including taxing the net. Attempts to do so can only repress the free exchange of ideas and the unfettered communication that is the net's greatest strength and benefit. Moreover, any government attempt to "balance" the content of the net is fraught with peril. It was to avoid such outcomes that the framers of the First Amendment wrote: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech," and put those words in the First Amendment to the Constitution. A free media is the ultimate defense against tyranny, and at the core of the rights in which Americans take pride. Any attempt to regulate that freedom is pernicious and should not be tolerated.