From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Not all media is struggling, only those that are unable to attract and hold an audience. The idea that all newspapers must be kept in business regardless of the market appetite to subscribe to their business model in order to consume the content is untenable. There will always be media with our 1st Amendment, it's just that the Internet was an ethereal turning point in information dissemination, and those organizations that didn't embrace the change soon enough, or didn't offer content that attracted a sufficient audience, would suffer. Conversely, those that did would prosper. In the world of computer companies, at one point Prime and Digital Equipment Corporation were dominant suppliers of systems. When the PC came to be, these companies failed to embrace this "sea change" in platforms quickly or correctly enough, and they are no more. The "new paradigm", the PC, remains, for everyone's benefit, but those that fail to see forward, will fail. In my analogy, those newspapers that cling to the print media, fail to embrace the new media, will fall by the wayside, but like the PC, the Internet will grow and prosper, for our collective benefit. So, my request is that you let failed businesses fail. Or would it have been better to retard the adoption and growth of the PC in order to hold on to DEC and Prime? Thanks you!