From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I believe that the state of the traditional print media has been brought about as a result of the inability of said media to report the news factually and dispassionately, recognizing all points of interest to all the public. I live in the Atlanta area, and the city has one newspaper that reports national news with bias to favor one viewpoint. I at first had to augment my news intake with internet sources, and over the last ten years the augmentation has become the newspaper for local news, with the internet for national news. This has also reduced the amount I will pay this newspaper accordingly. I do not want to pay for something I do not want, nor do I want to be taxed against my will for something I do not want. The print media must realize that their income will come from those who want to invest in a newspaper that is unbiased and reflective of the public it serves. If they refuse to do so, they must be allowed to reap the effect of such a practice. The newspapers print to suit themselves, and they should be allowed to, using their own personal resources, as an avocation, without my patronage.