From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03950

Submission Number:
544505-03950
Commenter:
 Green
State:
Pennsylvania
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am opposed to any government interference or regulation of journalism. Why is the government having this workshop? I understand that radio and TV must be regulated to make sure that band widths and channels are available and not overlapping but I don't understand why the government would be interested in the form or the content of the news. The internet is changing how the news is delivered because it adds one more source to radio, print, and TV. I am ststrenuously opposed to any taxpayer money being used to support any form of journalism. Print journalism has decreased and the costs have increased so their management has difficult decisions to make to increase effeciency but nowhere in that equation should be any money from the government. That is not acceptable for so many reasons but the main one is the loss of autonomy. Accepting money from the government as a means to continue printing newspapers or news magazines would inherently change the dynamics of the content of the newspapers or news magazines. This would inhibit reporting that would not be favorable to the government since the government could decide to eliminate funding. If funding has been discussed as a way to ease the financial burdens of newspapers, it should immediately desist for the greater good of our country.