From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
This isn't a question of "journalism" surviving technology, but one of the ability of print media to survive in a word where their business models have become outdated. Journalism can occur across any medium - take a look at any of the popular websites that aren't extensions of any print media, they are able to convey news and ideas as good as (or better than) print media. This proposal is blatantly anti-free market and (in my opinion) un-American. The government should not be subsidizing failed business models by taxing those whose ideas are succeeding in the marketplace. It is nonsensical to think that all print media will disapear if the current trend of digitization continues, they will just be relegated to what they deserve to be - a niche market for those that choose to get their news from print. They will be (as they should be) forced to innovate, change, and slim down to the point where they become economically viable. This proposal needs to be rejected by the FCC - the free market and consumers should not be forced to subsidize failing business models.