From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The common man realizes most everything transforms and is in constant change. Consider how American industry has migrated to China and how our society is transforming into a service and information society. The displaced workers adapted to this change and found other employment sources many at their own financial jeopardy. The traditional employment security is gone from America now. Why is journalism a sacred vocation that is exempt from change? Many of our sacred professions now are outsourced. So suck it up and adapt like everybody else. The press, publishers, and information brokers of this day and past constantly provided the populace of this impending change yet they did not take preventative measures to secure their industry? Now they grovel before the peoples' treasury to save them from economic chaos? NO! The propaganda masters will not get a handout! The people of this nation are already being nicked and dimed into oblivion. The grand proposal which was probably was initiated by lobbyist, is to tax! This seems to be the solution for everything today, tax? God forbid we ever repeal and cut. Now taxing is a inhibitor to growth. Why would you tax the Internet? To limit the increasing economic disadvantaged from information and to control information flow. The Internet is a threat to information control and it is not a docile beast like our spineless press. So if the press and the journalistic art are suffering insufficient funds, tax them and place those taxes in a trust fund just like social security. Problem solved. The reason the journalistic art is failing is the information is either fluff or propaganda! Rather than asking hard questions and demanding answers the journalistic art has transformed into mindless parrots cackling their master's whims. It deserves to wither away if it no longer serves the people. What good is a well bribed press? What great truth will be viewed through that prism? I welcome the great tempest. If its my vote, I forbid Internet or utility taxation to subsidize the press and the journalistic profession. Regards, David Swanson