From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
This entire proposal to subsidize a dying industry (newspaper) by taxing and restricting what is replacing it (internet) is harmful. The entire effort should be abandoned. If newspapers can't change to a successful business model without any outside subsidies or special government help, then they should be allowed to go out of business. Newspapers are not necessary and are not the sole repository of good journalism. You are confusing content with delivery method. This also stinks of special interests where unions want to preserve their overpaying jobs and liberals want to control information. If we followed your logic, we would never have advanced from horse and buggy to car, or blocks of ice to refrigerators and air conditioners. Just think of all those stables and ice house workers who lost their jobs. Never mind the jobs created and huge advancements in standard of living. It's like asking how did moving from place to place and keeping cool ever survive the demise of horse and buggy and ice house? They survived just fine and in fact prospered.