From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Citizen access to public airwaves are part of the Common Good - those things we hold in trust for our children - to be passed on to the next generation. Unfortunately, it has become more difficult to access high-quality local, national and international news. We need greater competition among media outlets. The corporate mergers not only need to stop, the FTC should require them to divest until they reach no more than 20% of any market. Media consolidation is hurting our ability to become truly informed. There is far less coverage of social issues than we need and more coverage of housefires, car accidents, and crime which we do not need. When a house burns it is tragic for that family, but not for the whole state. We need a return of the "Fairness Doctrine" in order to insure that citizens receive all perspectives of an issue. Why are our "public airwaves" not made available to the public? Why aren't the broadcasters required to provide free airtime during elections? Funding of NPR and PBS is good. I support public media and the broadening of citizen access. We need more small community media groups including LPFM radio. I also support Net Neutrality. Government regulation can be a good thing when it focuses on the Common Good.