From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
After reading the full draft, I think it becomes abundantly clear that the lawyers and staff members of the FTC (nor by extension, any other agency of the government)can NOT fairly and without harm to most American citizens make rules to reform journalism. Rules will be biased by the most vocal and most (I hesitate to say, but it is true....) liberal elements of society, those who want to control what people are told, what people believe, and how people act. My solution? Let the marketplace decide. If newspapers cannot survive; they must go out of business; if journalists cannot find a place to publish, they must find another profession or starve; if a media participant steals my copyrighted property, I must sue for redress. The stretch within the draft that my free speech includes my right to be told something surely must be rethought. My free speech is only my right to make coherent noises (or marks on a paper -- or crt/lcd). No one is violating my right if they choose to not or cannot hear my noises or read my markings. Tying my right of free speech to the freedom of the press makes the one with the knot-over reaching and he/she weakens my freedom of speech. Nowhere in the Constitution is a citizen given the right to be heard. Citing "General Welfare" is a lame and transparent grab to wrestle my rights from me and have them held by someone more "blessed with knowledge of the truth" more than am I. I say one more time: "Let the marketplace decide..." I have a right to listen to whomever I want, whenever I want, however I want. I must have the right to decide, if the Constitution and my God-given rights mean anything.