From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03994

Submission Number:
544505-03994
Commenter:
Gerald Kosel
State:
California
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
America is admired throughout the world as the "land of the free". But, every time the bureaucrats or politians pass one more tax or one more law or one more regulation, we become less free and less admired. Each citizen should be free to compete in the marketplace of public opinion without interference nor advantage by elected officials and especially by hired help. An exception to that would be to protect our citizens from a declining moral climate. I think that your time would be well spent in guiding the moral content of our public airways. You have apparently forgotten why that is important. With respect to your title subject, "How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?" I find the answer simple. It is totally Darwinian. When papers publish that which is palatable, the consumers will step forward. After 40+ years of subscribing to the San Francisco Chronicle, I cancelled my subscription. Why? Because they are willing to go extinct rather than be even-handed. Why should I pay to read stories that insult those that I admire and respect? They don't have a clue that their "news" is marinated in self-important opinion. If they go out of business, and they will, there will be room for a newspaper that "gets it".