From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-04139

Submission Number:
544505-04139
Commenter:
George Loder 1
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The freedom of communication (speech) is guaranteed and protected by the first amendment of the US Constitution. Though the means of electronic transmit ion (not yet invented at the time of writing) is not specifically expressed, it is implied as an extension (expansion) of the means of dissemination. To impede (tax or otherwise curtail) or force one group/individual to espouse the opposition's view, is a violation of the expressed intent of the Constitution and the Founders. The position of the government is to see that the playing field is level in all aspects, for all players (in opportunity). It is NOT the government's duty (nor should any effort be extended or expressed) to see that the game ends in a tie score. In this instance, it is the duty of the government to see that both sides have an equal opportunity to express their views; it is NOT the duty of the government to (through any action or in-action) come to the aid (or deterrence) either legislatively, administratively, or financially. To be specific, in the expression of conservative (right) vs. liberal (left) views; each side must be allowed to voice their views to the best of their means, the media (of transmission) provider will not be inhibited from their choice of support of either and/or both side(s), and the only means of government intervention should be to see that any fees/charges to either party by the provider (in instances where the provider chooses to transmit both views) be equal for time (duration & timeframe). Each of the parties is responsible for their own expenses as well as any and all content of their broadcast. No government agency shall contribute any funds, material, or action to aid either party. Any non-classified (see Freedom of Information Act for coverage) will be provided to BOTH parties, at the Request of EITHER party at the same time, at no time will said information be provided to one party only. The US Government was intended to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, i.e., the government is formed of the people and it is the people who inform the government in which direction they intend for it to head. It is not for the government to sway the people; this is the occupation of the political parties. To allow the government to control the political content of the media would be the same as allowing the government to utilize the military and police forces to see that each person votes in the manner in which the party in power desires. To be specific, in the expression of conservative (right) vs. liberal (left) views; each side must be allowed to voice their views to the best of their means, the media (of transmission) provider will not be inhibited from their choice of support of either and/or both side(s), and the only means of government intervention should be to see that any fees/charges to either party by the provider (in instances where the provider chooses to transmit both views) be equal for time (duration&timeframe). Each of the parties are responsable for their own expenses as well as any and all content of their broadcast. No goverment agency shall contribute any funds, material, or action to aid either party. Any non-classified (see Freedom of Information Act for coverage) will be provided to BOTH parties, at the Request of EITHER party at the same time, at no time will said information be provided to one party only. The US Government, was intended to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, i.e., the government is formed of the people and it is the people who inform the government in which direction they intend for it to head. It is not for the government to sway the people, that is the position of the political parties. To allow the government to control the political content of the media would be the same as allowing the government to utilize the military and police forces to see that each person votes in the manner in which the party in power desires.