From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As a current journalism student deeply involved in the disruption and reorganization of the news media in the Internet age, I have this advice to offer to the FTC- the government should aggressively and proactively stay completely the f*** out of journalism. The news media is not "dying", it's just that a lot of the assumptions on which the media's business model is based have changed, and the news media is being forced to reorganize. This process should be allowed to happen without government interference. When the dust settles, we'll end up with a better media. I can personally guarantee that, because hundreds (maybe thousands) of college students in newspaper computer labs and makeshift garage workshops across the country are building the future of journalism already, as you read this, and we're doing a better job than you will in some stupid committee stuffed to the gills with lobbyists and hucksters. In summary- just relax. We've got this. Not that this will stop you from having your big, stupid committee meeting- I'm just saying you're better off doing nothing, because that's what this effort will amount to in the end. Have a lovely day!